Template talk:EduV/makedash

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      There is a much easier way to construct the equivalent of a dashboard if you choose not to assign pages to edit on an individual basis: Paste multiple copies of Template:EduV/enroll as discussed in Template talk:EduV/enroll

If you don't want to use the simple roster sheet described above, the following instructions create something similar to the "dashboard" used at w:Wikipedia:Wiki Ed.


Instructions for creating this dashboard: First, Choose or create a page for your course dashboard. Then:

  1. Paste: {{Subst:EduV/makedash}} where you want the dashboard to appear. This page will have two levels of subpages beneath it.
  2. Add or subtract columns, if necessary: The template originally links to six pages, add or subtract columns from the wikitext as needed.
  3. This is a convenient time to assign the columns:. If you wish students to assign one of their pages, do not change column ##1. You probably need to hide the long page name and show only a short name, e.g., with [[pagename/subpagename|short]]
  4. Copy the rows to match expected enrollment: You need to copy two lines due to the row spacer line (|-)
         Optional: Instructor may assign projects: The instructor can assign projects BEFORE students enroll, this can be an incentive for students to enroll as soon as possible if they have a preference for their individual projects.
  5. Open the course for students to enroll: This cannot be done using the Visual Editor due to the template. To prevent edit conflicts this should be done as homework. Instruct students to fill in both their username and their nickname. If their usernames are not too long, their nicknames can be the same as their usernames.
         Optional: Students add page(s) they wish to edit. To do this, the instructor can leave the column alone or replace with something like "PickPage" for the students to replace.
  6. Suggested first assignment: The instructor should user the /log to request that students place images in their journal subpage so they don't accidentally edit each other's pages.


A sample is shown below

Paste[edit source]

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   Generic comment for instructor to edit.

T = talk     v:w:b:c = contributions     log = Course journal     .S = Course journal subpage

User I II III IV V VI
nickname T v: w: b: c: log.S - {{{3}}} ##1 ##2 ##3 ##4 ##5 ##6


Add or subtract columns, if necessary[edit source]

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   To keep things simple, two columns have been removed.

T = talk     v:w:b:c = contributions     log = Course journal     .S = Course journal subpage

User I II III IV
nickname T v: w: b: c: log.S - {{{3}}} ##1 ##2 ##3 ##4

This is a convenient time to assign the columns[edit source]

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   We leave column 1 for students to pick a project. Column 2 will be individually assigned by the instructor before the students enroll. Column 3 is required reading, and Column 4 is to the page we shall edit.

T = talk     v:w:b:c = contributions     log = Course journal     .S = Course journal subpage

User I II III IV
nickname T v: w: b: c: log.S - {{{3}}} pickProject ##2 WV:Ee How...

Copy the rows to match expected enrollment[edit source]

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   Now we copy/paste the two lines (which often render as three lines of wikitext. There will be four students, but I will add an extra space for an add-on

T = talk     v:w:b:c = contributions     log = Course journal     .S = Course journal subpage

User I II III IV
nickname T v: w: b: c: log.S - {{{3}}} pickProject ##2 WV:Ee How...
nickname T v: w: b: c: log.S - {{{3}}} pickProject ##2 WV:Ee How...
nickname T v: w: b: c: log.S - {{{3}}} pickProject ##2 WV:Ee How...
nickname T v: w: b: c: log.S - {{{3}}} pickProject ##2 WV:Ee How...
nickname T v: w: b: c: log.S - {{{3}}} pickProject ##2 WV:Ee How...
Optional: Instructor may assign projects[edit source]
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   The instructor can 'force' an even population by assigning projects. Here, one project is pre-assigned by filling ##2, before students enroll (the fifth space is left unassigned

T = talk     v:w:b:c = contributions     log = Course journal     .S = Course journal subpage

User I II III IV
nickname T v: w: b: c: log.S - {{{3}}} pickProject Quizbank WV:Ee How...
nickname T v: w: b: c: log.S - {{{3}}} pickProject Asrto WV:Ee How...
nickname T v: w: b: c: log.S - {{{3}}} pickProject Physics WV:Ee How...
nickname T v: w: b: c: log.S - {{{3}}} pickProject HTW WV:Ee How...
nickname T v: w: b: c: log.S - {{{3}}} pickProject ##2 WV:Ee How...

Open the course for students to enroll[edit source]

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   After the course is open to enrollment, fill in the usernames. Either the students or the instructor can do this. In this course, the instructor is also the first student. The number 1 was inserted before the link in order to arrange for the instructor's row to on top when the list is alphabetized.

T = talk     v:w:b:c = contributions     log = Course journal     .S = Course journal subpage

User I II III IV
1 Guy v. T v: w: b: c: log.S - {{{3}}} pickProject Quizbank WV:Ee How...
Moe T v: w: b: c: log.S - {{{3}}} pickProject Asrto WV:Ee How...
Larry T v: w: b: c: log.S - {{{3}}} pickProject Physics WV:Ee How...
Curly T v: w: b: c: log.S - {{{3}}} pickProject HTW WV:Ee How...
zzz nickname T v: w: b: c: log.S - {{{3}}} pickProject ##2 WV:Ee How...
Optional: Students add page(2) they wish to edit[edit source]
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   Students may pick a project by replacing SelectProject by a link.

Here, the students chose to edit other wikis and instructor created a link to the Colloquium. T = talk     v:w:b:c = contributions     log = Course journal     .S = Course journal subpage

User I II III IV
1 Guy v. T v: w: b: c: log.S - {{{3}}} Colloquium Quizbank WV:Ee How...
Moe T v: w: b: c: log.S - {{{3}}} w:Bell Asrto WV:Ee How...
Larry T v: w: b: c: log.S - {{{3}}} b:Modern Physics Physics WV:Ee How...
Curly T v: w: b: c: log.S - {{{3}}} beads gif HTW WV:Ee How...
zzz nickname T v: w: b: c: log.S - {{{3}}} pickProject ##2 WV:Ee How...

Suggested first assignment[edit source]

If you look onto the log page you will see that the students were asked to place images in their workspace. This helps prevent accidental edit on each other's subpages.