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You do not need to be an educator to edit. You only need to be bold to contribute and to experiment with the sandbox or your userpage. See you around Wikiversity! --Dave Braunschweig (discusscontribs) 13:30, 7 June 2017 (UTC)

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Based on the comments on your user page, I would encourage you to be bold! Let us know if you have any questions. -- Dave Braunschweig (discusscontribs) 13:31, 7 June 2017 (UTC)

Thank you, Dave. The hardest thing for me is going to be figuring out (can I call it) Wikimedia formatting. In Abstract Algebra, in Group Theory, I made a couple simple edits as a test. Ring Theory is empty, so I'm considering as another, hopefully quite useful test, to parallel what is already there for Group Theory, copy, paste and change where necessary, since a Ring is the first "Group Plus" - a group with an additional binary operation under which the elements don't have to have inverses (I don't know if you're a math guy or much more higher level management here; I don't know much at all right now, sorry. lol). MikeDoyle (discusscontribs) 14:40, 7 June 2017 (UTC)
I'm just a volunteer like you. I teach computer concepts (networking, programming, information systems, etc.). There is a visual editor available. My students are split. Some prefer the visual editor and don't understand wikitext, and some prefer the wikitext and don't like the results when they use the visual editor. My current student group has only been editing the wiki for two weeks, and they are fairly comfortable now. If you stick with it, you'll find something that works for you one way or the other.
As you progress, something to think about is whether something like Ring Theory is its own learning project, or whether it should be a subpage under something like Abstract Algebra, as in Abstract Algebra/Ring Theory. Initially, Wikiversity had more of a Wikipedia structure, with separate pages for everything. Now it has adopted more of a Wikibooks structure, with lessons organized by course or conceptual learning project.
Dave Braunschweig (discusscontribs) 18:13, 7 June 2017 (UTC)

Thanks, Dave, I will definitely try the visual editor.

Ring theory should really be as close to being an extension of the Group theory section as possible, which appears to be best done as you suggest, a subpage under Abstract Algebra; same with Fields, rings with additional structure, etc. Thanks, Dave. MikeDoyle (discusscontribs) 01:47, 10 June 2017 (UTC)