Welcome to WMS 201 Wiki

Action Project (100 points): Each of you is responsible for identifying a local organization or agency. You then need to explain the feminist theory/theories under which the agency operates. You will share your work with the class via our class wiki page. Your wiki page will:
° explain the organization/agency and its mission
° explain the theory/theories underlying the organization/agency
In other words, what you’re doing is finding a local organization that has a feminist agenda. You need to analyze the organization’s work to make connections to the theories we are discussing in class. You will then share your findings with the rest of the class.

What is a wiki? A wiki is a Web page that is created through team collaboration. It may be viewed and modified by members of a team using a Web browser and access to the Internet. Wikis can incorporate diverse document formats, including text, sound, video and image files. Wikis permit asynchronous communication and team collaboration across the Internet, as an individual can be both an author and an editor.

One of the most prominent examples of a wiki is Wikipedia, an online encyclopedia. The information on Wikipedia is constructed through the collaboration of individuals who both author and edit the various entries. It tracks who is authoring and editing, too. The fact that Wikipedia is open to any and all individuals with varying levels of knowledge and understanding on a particular subject is both its strength and weakness; its information content must be seen as constructed knowledge, mixing both fact, particular points of view and, sometimes, misinformation. (We need to note that the team that administers Wikipedia provides guidelines to assure correctness of information and flags questionable and incomplete entries.)

Why are we using a wiki? First, because the ‘net-generation’ regularly uses the Internet as a collaborative space, e.g., Facebook, MySpace, Instant Messaging, I want to leverage this interactive behavior and associated skills to promote effective collaborative learning. Secondly, wikis to address a specific issue that appears consistently in any team project: poor team dynamics. Collaborative work, also known as team work, is difficult. If a team functions well, all members contribute to the construction of the final project. If a team contains a laggard or two, the team’s workload falls unevenly on other members of the team. The wiki tracks each person’s edits and input, thus providing a way for the individual work contribution to be evaluated.