Wiki Reflections and You (All)

Reflections on Doug Belshaw’s book are starting to flow into the book wiki. Please pay attention to what your peers have to say (and how they are saying it, both rhetorically and technologically in terms of how they are structuring, linking, etc. their reflections) and consider commenting on their work and integrating some of their thoughts in with your own.

There are a few ways you can comment and interact on the wiki. The most direct is to insert your comments on the pages themselves, as you can see I have done on Bob Heath’s reflections.

Note that, if you copy the title of a page and use it as a link, as I have done in my comment on Bob’s reflection on Chapter 2, then the page you have linked to will show that in the list of “what links here” (try it for yourself by navigating to Chris Fliss’s Chapter 2 reflections and clicking the “what links here” entry in the sidebar.

Finally, remember that you are writing on and for the web, so make use of the capabilities: don’t just refer to other pages, articles and sites (including your own)…link to them! Writing for the web is a genre/literacy/art of its own that you should explore in this class as you have had to explore formal academic writing style and citations in (probably too many) other classes.

Wiki Problems and Rich Readings

The wiki for Doug Belshaw’s book appears to have an issue preventing new users from registering, making it impossible to post reflections on chapters 1-5 of Essential Elements. I’ve inquired with Doug and hope to have some kind of resolution ASAP.

Until then, if you are reading those chapters and unable to reflect there, you can do so on your own site/blog. Worst case: that will be the new normal. Best case: Doug fixes the wiki and you can just post a link or copy/paste as needed. Until then, don’t let the wiki issue slow you down!

FAQ: Where to Comment?

A common question that emerges at this point in the class: where should you be commenting and conversing with your peers, since that is a significant part of your final grade?

Answer: a major part of the model of this class is promoting not just comments, but discussions (which demands, of course, responding to comments)! But we are also experimenting with a number of technologies, including Slack. I don’t want to be too prescriptive—and Slack is a new experiment for this class—but I do think a principle applies here just as it does anytime you want to engage with others about their work:

Comment and converse as close to the object you are discussing as possible.

For most things in this class, that means on their blog/site or, if the writing needs to be longer, more readily filled with links, etc., then on your own site with appropriate links to what is being discussed. That’s why we are publishing in the open! Occasionally another method will make sense: using an annotation tool, for instance, or commenting via the object’s native platform…as with most things in this course, I encourage experimentation over prescription.

FAQ: Citation Styles (not)

A couple of Nousioneers have inquired about required citation styles for this class. The simple answer: unless stated otherwise for a specific assignment, there is no required citation style. Instead, I would like you to use/link/weave/cite references on your writing based on the following two principles:

  1. Web Readability and Clarity. For this class you writing on and for the web, so make style choices for that medium: that’s much more important than scholarly formatting…and paying attention to those details and how they work in the formal, semi-formal and informal writing spaces is a part of digital/web literacy.
  2. Linked Sources. Link to directly to the material you are referring to (when that isn’t possible, link to a public database, Google Scholar, etc. entry) within your text in a readable fashion.

A good example of what I mean can be found in this (topically relevant) piece by Heidi Olson, a former student in this class who wrote a Search and Research entry on Digital Categories and Misconceptions.

How to Complete Your Collection

A note about assignments and collections: if you would, please post each individual activity as an individual post on your site. Then, to “submit” your collection when you’ve completed the required and “Your Choice” activities, make a post that links to each of the previously published pieces. This makes it easier to orient and sustain comments/discussion (and easier for me to keep track of)!


During the month of June, there will be an ongoing Digital Citizenship discussion that can be tracked through Twitter using the hashtag #DigCiz – I encourage following, reading and participating. Feel free to use that participation as the basis for making up your own Your Choice assignments. Who knows, you might even find something that shapes the rest of your summer activities in this class. I’m open to your proposals and ideas!

Note: I decided not to require Twitter for class this summer, but it is an excellent tool for connecting with other education professionals, particularly in this area. Skeptical? Taking part in the #DigCiz community might change your mind.

library 2.0 Online Conference

The library 2.0 Online Conference is tomorrow. Evaluating news, “fake” and suspicious news, etc. are a significant part of digital literacy and citizenship. These are the topics of this year’s Library 2.0 online conference. If you attend any of the sessions (or listen to recordings), you can use these for Collection activities. Also, note Bryan Alexander and Doug Belshaw on the opening Keynote panel (and Bryan is the closing keynote speaker too). I hope to have Bryan as a guest in the class and you will be reading Doug’s book (and possibly meeting with him) as well.