TRU Wiki Organization

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This page was developed as a product of a meeting where a few of us were discussing how to better organize the resources we are developing on the wiki - mainly related to flexible learning. We realize that the wiki can be confusing to navigate and we are hopeful that we can improve on this by suggesting some organization.

This page will answer the following questions:

  • When should I use Notepad: and Documentation:? What's the difference between these two?
  • How can I contribute to ongoing organization and maintenance of the wiki?
  • What categories are suggested to organize Flexible Learning related resources?

When to use Notepad: and when to use Documentation:?

The help documentation offers a guide to helping you learn how the wiki is organized and is useful for a general overview.

When we are creating new resources (to support Flexible Learning, Connect or Learning Toolkits), we are often making a decision between Notepad or Documentation as the home for the content.

In Summary...

  • Notepad: is ideal for brainstorming and collecting ideas.
  • Documentation: is ideal when your wiki page is ready to be shared.

Organizing your pages

Dynamic Page Lists

Aggregating subpages (automatically, as they are created) is easily done using dynamic page list (dpl) code. An example of that approach in Documentation is the way we have organized content for the eLearning Toolkits.

Using Categories

Categories add a layer of metadata to your pages to make them findable on a search. More about categories.

One of our challenges is that there is not consistency in how we assign categories - which hampers the search function - meaning that flexible learning may be called: FlexibleLearning, Flexible Learning, FL, Flexible, Flex Learning (you get the picture).

We have proposed some categories (specific to our work on Flexible Learning related resources, below).

How should I categorize Flexible Learning related resources?

Below is a suggested beginning list of categories that may be associated with Flexible Learning related resources.

Top level (always include this one):

  • Flexible Learning (not FL or FlexibleLearning)

Theme level(examples):

  • Video
  • DIY Video
  • Screencasts
  • Mobile

Sub-theme level(examples):

  • Video Production
  • Video Tools
  • Video Planning
  • Video Editing
  • Video Hosting


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