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InformationWhat are websites/ wikis?

A website is a series of interconnected pages, located on the world wide web. A wiki (wiki is the Hawaiian word for quick) is a website that allows the creation and editing of interlinked web pages using a simple text editor. Wikis are often used to create collaborative projects.
For a simple explanation of a wiki, see Wikis in Plain English




Benefits

Benefits of Web/Wiki Assignments - read here




Information Tips for creating websites & wikis

CreateWhat you need to create and edit a wiki or website

Creating a website or wiki requires a space on the world wide web to create your site. This involves having a domain (a website name) and a host provider (who provides the space for your domain to sit). Generally, if you require a significant amount of space, the ability to store large amounts of information or a dedicated name, you will need to purchase space. Freely available space may be obtained through a University internal site, a publicly available webspace (most of which you must pay for but Weebly provide free websites) or through a dedicated provider such as Wikispace .
On some free sites, advertising may appear on your site. This can often be removed for a small fee. Alternatively you can arrange for advertising to appear on your website (which can help cover costs).
Editing a website can be a complex task, requiring a knowledge of HTML (Hypertext Markup Language), although many website providers now provide templates to aid in website development and some have simplified the process, making it extremely easy to create, edit and view the edits.
Generally only the owner of the website can edit the pages but, in some cases, other people may be invited to edit also. This is useful in group projects.

facebook_button.gifSocial media projects

Student web assignments may be conducted through the use of social media sites such as Facebook or Twitter. More at our Social Media page.

Share How to make your wiki available

Your website or wiki may be available for public viewing or in some cases may be restricted to invited guests. You may send a link to your webpage for people to click and view. Here's a link to our home page http://newmediaforscience-research.wikispaces.com/ but we can also hyperlink our homepage .
If you wish to receive a large audience to your site, it helps to promote your webpage on search engines eg. Google , Yahoo , or to have links from other websites to yours. You may also find it useful to promote your website or wiki or discuss your project on social media.
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ViewWhat you need to view a website & wiki

Viewing websites and wikis requires internet access and a computer or other technological device eg. ipad, mobile phone with internet access. You also need to know the web address. If this is unknown then search engines may be able to locate the desired web address



Need more help?

Articles on making wikis & websites

Wiki Walk Through
Using wikis in science classes
Wikis in university teaching & learning Richard Buckland UNSW


Student_assignment_examples Student assignment examples

World-wide day on science
World-wide day in science - a global career guide for students by students & scientists
Read How to become involved.
Advanced science/mathematics assignment
Aims:
(i) to learn about someone in the professional world who is using their university training. Insights that they offer should help to clarify student career choices.
(ii) to see how learning in course work is used in day-to-day life in the science or maths arena.
(iii) to relay insights both to classmates and to high school students who are wondering what to study at university and what careers to aim for.
Steps:
- Student interviews a scientific/mathematics professional in person, preferably at their place of work.
- Evidence of interview is provided by a permission to publish form, filled out by the scientist.
- Draft a 500 to 750 word story for submission to Calibrated Peer Review (CPR).
- Incorporate feedback from CPR to improve the piece, then shorten it to 250 words, and submit it to the World-Wide Day in Science website.
Assessment:
Of the 20% credit for this assignment, 15% is for the interview and submission through to completion of the Calibrated Peer Review (CPR) assignment; 5% is for revising and reducing that story and submitting it online to the World-Wide Day in Science website as well as for submitting the ‘permission to publish’ form.

For more information on this project, please read the documents below.



If work is to be published, students should obtain permission from the scientist involved. Here is the publishing permission form:.


Assessment For Assessment tips and ideas, please go to our Assessment wiki page



Links Science wikis & websites

World-wide day in science
ABC Science
Stephen Hawking
Richard Dawkins Science wiki on Technology for Teachers
The Scientist website & video award finalists
Andrea Crompton's (CSU) use of wikis in forensic science - lecture and slides

Student created wikis & websites

2010: A Science Odyssey - ANU created on Weebly