TCH110 - Wikiraids



Wikiraid 1 (25 points) 

Intro

Wikis are a tool for collaborative intelligence building. They let everyone edit the same pages, even at the same time, using a browser.To collect resources and topics for Foresight Development we are using a fun and easy wiki platform called Google Sites.


NOTE: This wiki is on the Open Social Web, so other students who aren't in our course can learn from and add to our work. If you have a problem participating in the open social web, even using your intials or a pseudonym, let me know, and you can send me your assignment by email instead. But you will still need to go to the wiki page to see what it looks like on the web.


Raid Assignment

Please add at least four (4) items to any of the Resources pages on this wiki. Add only items that you think would be good for students to know about if they are thinking about futures studies (what our possible, probable, and preferable futures may be) or foresight development (tools and skills for thinking about and behaving toward the future), from any perspective.

The thirteen Resources pages you can add to for this assignment (in the left hand Navigation Pane) are: Books, Mags & Print News, Articles & Databases, Quotes, Websites & e-News, Vidsites & Videos, Gamesites & Games, Audiosites & Audios, Organizations, Conferences, Degree Programs, Other Resources, and Glossary.

You can add your items all on the same page (eg, if they are all Websites or e-Newsletters put all five on the Websites & e-News page, or you can add your five across different pages if you are adding more than one type of item (see the thirteen types above).

If you want, try to add your items under the appropriate Top Futures Multidisciplinary or STEEPS3 category on the appropriate page. If you can't figure that out, go ahead and put them at the bottom of the appropriate page. For those who can't figure out what page they should go on, put them in the Unclassified Stuff page (the last page in the Navigation pane)

Everyone gets 5 points for doing their wiki profile (or alternatively, emailing me an assignment). You also get 5 points each for the first four items you add to the FD Wiki, as long as you write 1) at least one sentence briefly describing what the item is, and 2) one sentence describing what is good about it. You can even combine these two sentences into one as long as you cover both topics (what it is, why it's good). You can also write a full paragraph description for any or all of your items if you want (not necessary, your choice). Please don't leave off your two sentence minimum or you'll lose points for that item. If there's a special part of the item (anime series, article, whatever) that seems particularly good, feel free to let people know so they can check out just that part if they want. You can also add a sentence or two explaining what's bad about it, or anything else you want to say in your description.

You are challenged to add only the best items, the ones that seem really worth a student's time to look at. Quality over quantity!




Wikiraid 2 (25 points)

It’s time to revisit our Foresight Development wiki: http://foresightdevelopment.wetpaint.com
If you still need to join the wiki, all the instructions are on the wiki homepage. You can join it anonymously (email me your screen name if you are just now joining anonymously) or publicly, so I see no reasonable excuse not to join and post to this wiki in this course. Email me if you have any problems!

Raid Assignment

Please add five (5) Great Futures Statistics in their appropriate locations on the Statistics page of our class wiki: http://foresightdevelopment.wetpaint.com/page/Statistics
 For the purposes of this assignment, statistics are either quotes, lists, or other verbal items that also have numbers associated with them. You can post a graphic (chart, etc.) but you must also add at least a very brief verbal caption to go with the numbers, telling us what they are. Use Google or another search engine (try “scary statistics” or “shocking statistics” or “inspiring statistics” or "future trend" + your domain of interest) or check your GFBs or other books to find good ones. 

Please add only stats that you think are relevant to futures studies (possible, probable, and preferable futures in STEEPS3 categories) or foresight development (tools and skills for better thinking and action toward the future), and that seem really worth a student's time to look at.
 List the SOURCE of your statistic (Book, Video, Website, etc.) in parentheses after the statistic, also PROVIDE LINK URLS if you got them off the web, and be sure to LIST YOUR NAME AT THE END (use a dash before your name) to receive credit. 

Put your statistics in the appropriate Category: Top Futures (best stats only) Science, Tech, Environment, Economics, Politics, Society-Big, Society-Medium, Society-Small, orMultidisciplinary (a statistic that cuts across several categories). If you get stuck with one or two, you can put them in Unclassified at the bottom of the page. DON’T PUT ALL YOUR STATS IN UNCLASSIFIED OR YOU WON’T GET CREDIT. PLEASE FIGURE OUT WHERE THEY BELONG!
 Also, please use the appropriate Subcategory (Positive, Mixed/Uncertain, or Negative) for your statistics. Ask yourself: how does this statistic make you feel?

You’ll get five points for each of up to five posts, as long as they fit the above criteria reasonably well.

Example Post 1. [Category: Economics. Subcategory: Positive] 
“From the 1980’s to the present, 300 million Chinese have been lifted out of poverty by global market and free trade reforms” (Source: Commanding Heights: Episode 3, Daniel Yergin, 2003) –John Smart 

Example Post 2. [Category: Environment. Subcategory: Mixed] 
By the end of the century, Japan’s population is forecast to be half its current size, with fully one third being retired. Europe will shrink from today’s population by 63 million citizens over the same time period. At the same time, the most underdeveloped parts of the world are doing just the opposite: growing unsustainably. In 1950, Africa’s population was 1/3 the size of Europe. By 2050, it is projected to be three times the size of Europe. (Source: World in the Balance: The Population Paradox, NOVA, 2004, paraphrased) –John Smart
 

Example Post 3. [Category: Technology. Subcategory: Negative]
Automobiles kill roughly 42,000 people in the U.S. every year, almost as much as the entire Vietnam War (50,000). This high annual death rate has been roughly constant in the U.S. since1960,which is a sign ofimprovement as there are3.5X as many vehicles on the road today, driving more miles per vehicle.Yet there are many safety technologies we might employ to cut this massive death rate further, andglobal figures seemespeciallygrim. Worldwide, auto accidentsare the second largest cause of premature death for men between the age of 15 and 44 (the prime earning years) killing an estimated 1.17 MILLION people annually,and injuring or crippling another 10 MILLIONpeople each year. Seventy percent of these deaths occur inthe developing countries. Sixty five percent of those killedwere not in a car when they are killed. They are either pedestians,bicyclists, motorcyclists,or operators of other non-motorized vehicles.(Source: 50 Facts That Should Change the World, Jessica Williams, 2007 and the World Health Organization) –John Smart

NOTE: If more than one student tries to edit the statistics wikipage at the same timeyou may have trouble saving your edits. Always check to make sure your post got saved before leaving the wiki, or you may not get credit. Leaving this assignment to the last hours of the last day is NOT RECOMMENDED. Do it ahead of schedule and you won’t have a traffic jam!

POSTING TIP: Do all your work in a Word file first, then quickly cut and paste, and then quickly save your posts. Don’t leave the wikipage open in Edit Mode for more than a few seconds if others are using it. That should make it very easy for you to add to the wiki even if many others are using it at the same time.

Extra Credit: Post Your Favorite Stat on the TCH110 Facebook Group! 
If you think at least one of your stats is particularly interesting and worthy of sharing or discussion, please post your favorite on ourTCH110 Facebook Group. Our Facebook group is just one of several ways you can get extra credit for class participation, discussion, and feedback during the course. You don’t have to use it, but if you are already a Facebook user or planning to join it, this is an easy option for class participation credit. It is easy to post your favorite stat on The Wall (bottom of the page), as a Posted Item, on the Discussion Board, or as a comment caption on a Photo or Video if there are related photos or videos for your stat. Give it a shot.



Wikiraid 3 (25 points) 

Go to the Career pages (the section below Resources) on our Foresight Development @ UAT wiki. 


Raid Assignment 

Make five good posts there that will help you and fellow students with Career Planning, in general and in your major. You will get 5 points for each good post. 

One of these posts should be under General Career Resources (Getting Started, Networking, etc.). 
The other four should be under Resources by UAT Major, on your own declared major page (Artificial Life Programming, etc.) on the wiki.
 

Good posts have the following characteristics:

  • They use small font (10 point Arial)
  • They have your name w/ a dash (- Joe Studentat the end.
  • They are in Alpha Order by Title of the post
  • They start with Good Descriptive Titles (title them yourself if necessary).
  • They are likely to be very useful to students, not minor or fluff info.
  • They are not repeats of posts already on the page.

Posts that don’t have these characteristics will probably not receive all five points. 

NOTE: If several studentsare editing the same wikipage at the same time, you may have trouble saving your edits. Always check to make sure your post got saved or you may not get credit. If your screen freezes, you can cut and paste what you wrote to your browser's clipboard, then back out and retry. 
TIP: Do all your work in a Word file first on your computer, then cut and paste it in and quickly save it. That makes it easy to add to a wikipage even if many others are using it at the same time.
 

Extra Credit: Post Your Favorite Stat on the TCH110 Facebook Group!
If you think at least one of your stats is particularly interesting and worthy of sharing or discussion, please post your favorite on our TCH110 Facebook Group. Our FB group is just one of several ways you can get extra credit for Class Participation, Feedback, and Conversation. You don’t have to use it, but if you are already a FB user or planning to join it, this is an easy option for Class Participation. It is easy to post things to: A. The Wall (bottom of the group homepage), B. as a Posted Item, C. on the Discussion Board, or D. as a comment caption on related Photos or Videos. 




Wikiraid 4 (25 points)

Raid Assignments

Part 1: Three Futures Images (15 points)
Go to the General Resources >> Images main page on our Foresight Development @ UAT course wiki. 

Note the 11 subpages for image types: Top Images, Science Images, Tech Images, Envir/Energy/Resources Images, Econ/Globalization/Capitalism Images, Politics/Security/Democracy Images, Society (Big):Culture/Media/Education/Religion Images, Society(Med):Business/Organization Images, Society(Small):Personal/Career Images, Multidisciplinary Images, Unclassified Images

Make a total of three good posts (images with links and captions) on images of the probable and important future between now and 2050, one each on three separate subpages. Don't post images of things that are unbelievable, like "time travel," or things likely to be marginal, trivial, or unimportant, like "zero gravity sports." Post on things you think are both 1) probable and 2) likely to have an important impact, in the STEEPS3 categories above. 

If your image mostly impacts one type of STEEPS3 category, put it on the appropriate subpage. If your image impacts multiple different STEEPS3 categories, put it on the Multidisciplinary Images subpage. If you think it is likely to be really important, put it on the Top Images page.

To find your images, try Google Image Search (type in various terms like "future car", "future home", try various futures blogs and websites(search around for them, or check our course wiki (General Resources >> Websites) for site recommendations.

Image Display Instructions (copied from the wiki):
1. Make sure your image has no copyright mark or language at the site forbidding you to redisplay the image
2. Begin with a title on the image page.
3. After you paste in your picture, click on it, then click "edit link" in the popup, and paste in the source URL.
4. Add a "Source:" line that lists the name (and hidden URL) of the website where you found the picture. 
5. Give a brief explanatory caption below your picture, in 10 point type. You are encouraged to write the caption in your own words. If you borrow writing from the source website instead or in addition, put that writing "in quotations." 
6. End your caption with your name: - Joe Student.

You will get 5 points for each good post.

Good wiki posts have the following characteristics:

  • They start with Good Descriptive Titles (title them yourself if necessary).
  • They are placed in Alpha Order by Title of the post
  • They use small font (10 point Arial)
  • They have your name w/ a dash (- Joe Student) at the end.
  • They are likely to be very useful to students, not minor or fluff info.
  • They are not repeats of posts already on the page.

Posts that don’t have these characteristics will probably not receive all five points.




Part 2: Future Scanner Evaluations (10 points)

Take a tour of the Future Scanner at Memebox.comLook at the top navigation bar on this website (in picture above),and notice how you can look for reports either by future time (2008 to 2020, and Beyond), or by subject category (Biotechnology, Business & Work, Communication, etc.).Notice how you can vote on the popularity of a particular article (represented by the number in box at the bottom of each post) and leave comments.You can also easily join the MemeBox community and contribute Future Scanner articles ("scan hits") yourself. Feel free to login (optional) and become a scanner yourself, to see how submitting articles works.

After you've spent at least 15 minutes playing with this website,evaluate it in two paragraphs (3+ sentences per paragraph). Answer the following questions in your evaluation:

1. As a user, what do you like and dislike about the Future Scanner? Be specific in your answer.
2. As a business advisor, what should Memebox do/try to make the Future Scanner a profitable business? How can they get enough income from this site to keep building its capabilities and popularity, and pay themselves a good salary from profits? Be as creative or as practical as you want in your answer.

Post your eval to the Future Scanner Evals page on our Foresight Development@ UAT course wiki. End your submission with your name (-Joe Student) to receive credit.

WIKITIPS: If several students are editing the same wiki page at the same time, you may have trouble saving your edits. Always check to make sure your post got saved or you may not get credit. If your screen freezes, you can cut and paste what you wrote to your browser's clipboard, then back out and retry. Do your writing in a Word file first on your computer, then cut and paste it in and quickly save it. That makes it easy to add to a wiki page even if many others are using it at the same time.

Extra Credit: Post Your Favorite Futures Image on the TCH110 Facebook Group! 
If you think at least one of your images is particularly interesting and worthy of sharing or discussion, please post it on our TCH110 Facebook Group
Our class FB group is just one of several ways you can get extra credit for Class Participation, Feedback, and Conversation. You don’t have to use it, but if you are already a FB user, this is an easy option for Class Participation. It is easy to post things to: A. The Wall (bottom of the group homepage), B. as a Posted Item, C. on the Discussion Board, or D. as a comment caption on related Photos or Videos.



All material on this wiki is open source, creative commons licensed. Feel free to use any portion of this with appropriate attribution to "University of Advancing Technology, Foresight Development curriculum."
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