MisesWiki talk:How can teachers and students use it?

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Graded and non-graded submissions

"On the lowest level, teachers can simply encourage students to use their works for the wiki. That way, their work won't be lost and can find a broad audience." This is very true; for example, I created the two articles with minimal adaptation from my original college papers. Some of my economics papers, I wish I had kept around so I could have added them to a wiki.

We could create a little handout for professors to give their students on how to convert their work into wikicode and add it to Mises Wiki. If the professor doesn't want to get too heavily involved, that could be a very simple and easy way to encourage participation in the wiki. I'll get to work on that at once.

I once had a college composition teacher tell the class that she would give a student a lot of extra credit if he could get any of his essays published in a newspaper. So it is not unheard-of to encourage such real-world submissions.

One question, though — suppose a student submits an article for a graded assignment. Suppose the article is incomplete (e.g. a stub), or written in atrocious style, and another editor fixes it. Then hasn't that editor deprived the student of the opportunity to fix it himself and get class credit for doing so? So maybe it is better to tell the students to first work on their article in userspace, and to put a notice at the top asking other editors to leave it alone until it's ready for mainspace. Of course, this diminishes the collaborative aspect, unless it is a group assignment. But editors could still make suggestions on the user talk page. Nathan Larson (talk) 22:52, 29 July 2012 (MSD)

Different forms of introduction to the wiki and instruction on how to use it

I was thinking, some people prefer to learn visually and others verbally. So, perhaps someone should create a video, unless we think this one is adequate. Some of that info might be outdated; for example, I think users have to login to edit now, rather than editing anonymously. Nathan Larson (talk) 00:41, 30 July 2012 (MSD)