Open main menu

User:JWSchmidt/Blog/27 February 2007

This page is part of
JWSchmidt's Wikiversity blog
Feel free to add comments.
16 August 2015 - Wiki Studies
16 April 2011 - Openness
29 January 2011 - Drama Queens
13 June 2010 - Bull
5 April 2010 - Breaches
22 September - Experts
27 January - Your Banned
14 January 2009 - Wikiversity Bans
14 November - Custodianship
19 October - Review Part II
10 October - My vacation
16 September - Moulton
15 September - Forking
7 September - Distorting
27 August - Wikipedia studies
1 March 2008 - The real world
12 January - Fair Use and the GFDL
2 January 2008 - Wiki Council
---- start 2008 ----
31 December - Participatory Learning
19 December - Foundation Changes
1 December - Changing the GFDL?
13 November - What is Wikiversity?
10 November - Expert editors (part II)
14 October 2007 - Vandal Wiki
20 September - Collaborative video interface
4 September - Open Source Crusade
31 August - CheckUser
4 August - Collaborative videos
20 July - Options for video-in-wiki
1 July - Networking Web 2.0 Websites
7 June 2007 - GFDL violations
27 May - Wikiversity namespace
22 May 2007 - Wikiversity tagline
20 May - The newbie game
16 May - Tangled Hierarchies
12 May - Navigation boxes
11 May 2007 - Forced editing
9 May - Wikipedia Learning
6 May - Music collaborations
25 Mar - Reliable Sources
17 Mar - Version flagging
11 Mar - Research policy discussion
10 Mar 2007 - Credentials
3 Mar - Free media files
28 Feb - Delete or develop?
27 Feb 2007 - Main Page
25 Feb - Science and Protoscience
23 Feb - Complementing Wikipedia
21 Feb - Copyleft media files
19 Feb - Gratis versus Libre
18 Feb 2007 - Referees
16 Feb - MediaWiki interface
15 Feb - Content development projects
14 Feb - Scope of Research
13 Feb 2007 - Review Board
12 Feb - Rounded corners
11 Feb - Open vs free content
10 Feb - Research guidelines
9 Feb - Learning resource diversity
8 February - Wikiversity referees.
7 February 2007 - Wikio.
5 February - Research policy.
2 February - Portal cleanup done.
31 January - Reliable sources.
29 January - Learning projects and materials.
27 January - Recording voice chat.
25 January - Animated GIF files with GIMP.
23 January - User page cleanup.
21 January 2007 - List of portals.
20 January - 2 more portals. "Courses"
19 Jan, - Portals and templates.
18 January site statistics - 20,000 pages.
18 January - Creating and organizing portals.
17 January - Categories of Wikiversity schools.
16 Jan. - Featured content development projects.
15 January - Wikiversity status at 5 months.
14 January - The "Topic:" namespace
13 January - Featured content
13 January - Wikiversity Bugs
12 January 2007 - Start of the blog
---- start 2007 ----
24 October, 2006 - Wikiversity history
26 April, 2005 - Wiki reality games
17 March, 2004 - Semantic prosthetic
edit this list

Main Page
What should be on the Wikiversity main page? Do most visitors to Wikiversity come and go without even thinking about editing a page? Should the number one "lesson" at Wikiversity be "How to edit a wiki"?

I previously suggested that one way to attract the interest of new visitors would be to provide them with a neat little video introduction to Wikiversity (see Supporting Wikiversity participants). However, what is really needed is an efficient way to make clear to new visitors the idea that they are invited to hit the "edit" button and become a member of the Wikiversity community. If we really believe in "learn by doing" then the way to get people to understand that they can edit is to have them start editing.

I proposed that we change the Main Page into a page that attempts to force new visitors to make a page edit. The new main page could have a prominent link to the current main page: this link would be for those visitors who already know how to participate at a wiki website. One immediately available option is to use Wikiversity:Introduction as the basis for a new main page.

I think the world is still in the middle of the Web 2.0 revolution. Some people, "early adopters" have already discovered that they can participate on the internet as creators of web content and as members of "virtual communities". Most people who go to Wikipedia just want information and they never participate. Many people may judge that they have nothing useful to add to an encyclopedia. What do such people think when they happen to notice the link from Wikipedia's main page to Wikiversity? "Free learning materials and activities".....hmmmm. Why not greet such visitors with an explicit statement about the idea of wiki website editing as a way to learn? Why not explicitly invite visitors to become editors? Shouldn't Wikiversity specialize in making it easy and exciting for people to become wiki editors?

The current Wikiversity Main Page totally fails to serve the vast majority of Wikiversity visitors. The current page might be appropriate for Wikipedia where it is expected that most people will just look around and find the information they are looking for, but that is not going to happen at Wikiversity. Wikiversity is just starting and has very little content. We should be doing whatever it takes to entice new visitors to think about how to make wiki technology work for them as a tool that they can use to explore their personal learning goals. Wikiversity should be teaching people how to join the Web 2.0 revolution.