I'm hoping to use 3 wikis in an upcoming course -- any advice on how to set them up and get them to work the way I want?
The course is structured by weeks, and I plan to put all 3 in the top block, where they'll be in use for the whole semester. It's a history course, and I plan to have these 3 wikis:
(3) Annotated bibliography
I want everyone in the class (including the instructor) to participate in building the wikis, and make use of the shared knowledge we'll be building up. As a person comes across a name or date in the assigned reading, I'd like them to add it to the timeline. As they come across a new word, I'd like them to add it to the glossary. As they come across a worthwhile reference, I'd like them to add it to the bibliography, and comment on it briefly. Especially for the glossary, I'd like students to feel free to post a word even if they DON'T know what it means, perhaps with a brief reference as to where they found it; then someone else can draft a definition later.
For the timeline, I'm thinking of a table format with columns for different categories of events and people such as technology, warfare, etc.
Does this seem doable? Any advice on how to set these up? How difficult will it be for me to figure out who's contributing what and how much? I've learned through painful experience that it helps a lot if any given request on my part is accompanied by points awarded -- does wiki participation show up in the individual student logs the way posts to a discussion forum do? That would make it easy...
Thanks in advance for your help!