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Go Forth and Wikify

Hear ye! Hear ye! HASTAC has a Wiki. While we used the Wiki with great success for the recent Peer-to-Peer Pedagogy unconference, we want to expand its scope. Are you looking for a way to contribute to HASTAC, but haven't had time to blog? Consider adding something to the wiki. So far, we have only outlines for content, but with the collective effort of the HASTAC community, I bet we can put flesh on these virtual bones in no time.

So, take a look at the different categories we've thought up, see what tickles your fancy, and dive in:
List of Scholars by Region
Don't you wish you could easily see who near you is also a HASTAC Scholar? Wouldn't it be great if you could self-organize meetings, get togethers, or other events within your geographical area? Just add your name to the list, see who else is around, and get to it!

There are so many great teachers here. We've had numerous Forums, blog posts, and other discussions about pedagogy. But, alas, that wealth of information is spread across this site like so many needles in... well, I won't subject you to that obvious joke. Let's curate our data, people! Add links to and descriptions of all the helpful hints you've gotten from HASTAC. Add resources you've found elsewhere that aren't on HASTAC. Let's bring it all together and improve our pedagogy even further.

Project Ideas
Ever had a great idea, but didn't know how to get it off the ground? Ever wish you could just find some other people to help share the work so you could realize your pet project? Draw on the collective skills and wisdom of our ever-growing community by adding your project ideas here. Find collaborators, critics, and related work. Brainstorm, plan goals, find testers, and do everything else you need to make your project come to fruition.

Related Links
If you're like me, you come across links to great sites, resources, what-have-you all the time. If only there were a place to share them. Well, now there is! (Are you sensing a theme, yet?) Of course, it helps to categorize links, so don't forget to add some sort of subcategories to make it easy for people to browse. I'll be combing my Delicious bookmarks in the near future to be adding stuff, that's for sure.

Scholars Documents
What does it mean to be a HASTAC Scholar? How do you go about hosting a Forum? Where did that handbook I had saved go? The documents you're looking for will be under this heading.

Blog Suggestions
Sometimes we all have trouble coming up with ideas to blog about. It's harder work than it looks, isn't it? Other times, we have great ideas, but no time to write them up. Share your ideas here and let's keep the blogging ball rolling.

Forum Summaries
Ever come late to one of our wonderful Scholars Forums and had trouble getting a handle on the discussion? Do you wish you could just see what some of the major points were and what links got shared? Well, you're in luck. This section of the wiki will offer a summary of each forum, highlight significant ideas, posts, and links, and generally get you an entrance into the forum without first wading through 150+ comments.

Technologies and Tools
I have a natural love of this category. We're all tool users. We're all looking for ways to make our lives, our research, and our teaching easier, more efficient, and more effective. Do you have a tool or technology you're especially fond of? What does your workflow look like?

Using the Wiki
You will need to sign up for an account and have it approved. Fiona or I will quickly approve your accounts, though, and then you can get to editing.

If you're unfamiliar with how wikis work, do not be daunted. There's an easy, built-in editor that works pretty much just like the one on this site or like a stripped-down word processor. No need to learn the sometimes arcane syntax of wikis (try editing a page on Wikipedia if want to see what I mean).

Notice, too, the tabs along each page. You can discuss each page separately from the editing, which is a handy feature. You can track the recent changes. You can also be notified when a page you're particularly invested in changes. Finally, there's the all-important "Edit" tab. This is where you'll make your changes. Don't worry about wrecking things. That's why wikis track all their changes. We can always roll things back to the previous state if necessary.

That should be everything you need to know to get started. Please, start chipping away and soon we'll have another rich resource all in one handy location.



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