Summary & FAQs

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Creating content on a wiki can be a highly collaborative exercise that makes us interact with a variety of editors and authors from a wide range of backgrounds. Treating others with respect is key to this kind of authoring.

The wiki has a variety of tools that enable you to gain an overview of what kinds of edits are taking place across the entire wiki or within your own content pages. Checking the Recent Changes page often is a good way to get an overview of where activity is taking place in the wiki in general. To see what individual changes have been made to any page use the history link on that page. The diff function will help you locate these specific changes between versions of the page and if you need you can revert to any version in time. This way any 'vandalism' (although unlikely in WikiEducator) can be quickly removed.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

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Reasons for Reversions

Q. What strategies could be used to ensure that all collaborators are following agreed rules for reverting changed pages back to previous versions? In other words what are the reasons why a page might need to be reverted - pedagogically? Coach Carole

Rudi : Reasons for a page being reverted would seem to me to be necessary when you find incorrect information on a latest issue and or someone has vandalised the page or there is consensus that you need to return to a former page issue.

Response - NOT the answer

Does this question not speak to the issue of quality control in a very real way? I am very new to this idea of open education and it is very appealing to my sense of social justice and the right of all to quality education. There are bound to be times when there will be a disagreement in the Wiki community of resource people as to what the "correct" approach or content or interpretation of a topic may be. I believe that as members of any community, we need to be aware, involved, and proactive. This applies to every aspect of our lives, whether we be considering the field of education or democratic elections (I note that there are a number of us currently in "election mode" - USA, Canada, Ghana, others?). After all, is that not the essence of democracy? Nkosuohene

Observation: You get some very thorny issues here. Recently I read a letter in the paper which I thought gave a very unbalanced view of a hot political issue. When I looked up this same topic on Wikipedia the pages in question were in a state almost of "proxy war". I think a good strategy is for contributors to make their proposals initially on the talk/discussion page (as discussed in this tutorial) and then the need to revert is minimized. So I guess anyone who does not place their proposed changes on the talk page first should have their changes automatically reverted? --Richardnz 03:26, 31 August 2009 (UTC)

It seems like a revert command is an undo to collaboration. If there is or is not discussion the changes we make need to be modified and not eliminated so that the voice of "concensus" is heard. I can imagine that there are times when real disagreement breaks out and the urge to eliminate another's ideas is strong but that would be "undemocratic" (referring to Nkosuohene's statement above.)
--Pamela Stern 16:51, 16 December 2009 (UTC)

Deleting Page Titles

Q. One of my students edited a page with a rude name for its title in our I could delete the page but not the page title itself that keeps appearing when we click the more Recent Activitiestab. How would WikiEducator handle this issue? Thank you.