Help:Tour of project boxes/6
This page is part of the Project boxes project.
Purpose of these project boxes
Relationship between user and resource
One of the big differences which has emerged between Wikipedia and Wikiversity governs the relationship between author and resource. On Wikipedia, an author's involvement with a resource is very much "fire-and-forget", and even when an article is watched, the relationship between author and resource is very depersonalised. On Wikiversity, there is often (but not always) a stronger and more long-term relationship. Resources which achieve completion or near completion usually do so because an individual or a small group has pushed development forward.
This parallels experiences with open educational resources elsewhere on the internet. In general, when educators create complex educational resources, other educators tend to borrow parts, fork productively or enter small corrections, but they tend not to move in and take over development in the way this would occur with a Wikipedia article. Note carefully: this is an empirical observation, not a prescription! It describes the natural, untamed behaviour of people who create open educational resources.
On Wikimedia Foundation projects it is generally the case that anyone can edit a resource. There is (almost) no such thing as reserving pages for the exclusive use of particular users. On the other hand, it would be rather impolite and counter-productive to shake up a completed learning resource of another user, when "productive forking" (i.e. copy-and-paste into a new page with a new name) is allowed. Productive forking is allowed on Wikiversity, but not on Wikipedia. What this means in practice is that on Wikipedia, users compete for the privilege to get their words into "the" article about subject X, whereas on Wikiversity, users can have several articles on subject X, which allows each user to develop a more personal relationship with that resource.
Using resources with real-world classes
If you plan to use a Wikiversity resource with a real-world class, it would be a major problem if the resource underwent a major revision from another user just before your class started. It would be useful and reassuring to teachers to be able to tag a resource as being something they were relying on for a while. While you shouldn't attempt to actively prevent editing by others, people on Wikiversity are normally extremely considerate about resources which others have created, so if they know you're using the page with a class, you can be very sure this will be respected.
When your classes start editing on Wikiversity
A problem which has arisen in the past is this. (1) A teacher brings their class onto Wikiversity (great). (2) The students start editing like crazy (great). (3) The students run into problems and need help and or shepherding around; custodians jump in but have no idea what's going on; nobody knows who to contact to ask about the student group (not great). Past experience tells us that it would be good if pages could be tagged by a teacher in such a way as to inform others who is responsible (in the real world) for the large group of newbie editors.
Available project boxes
Please remember that none of these tags can reserve a page for your exclusive use. However they will promote cooperation and mutually considerate behaviour.
Q: Can't you just use the page history to see who's responsible?
Q: Should authors be watching their watchlists instead?
Q: How about a participants box?