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SHORT ESSAY AND DISCUSSION WIKI:

FIRST, LOG ON TO THE WIKI; click on log in at upper right, and use the same username and password as for your Bennington email. After you've logged in, the first time you click on your name below, it will take you directly to the 'edit' page where you can create content simply by typing into the box that appears. Probably easiest to compose in word-processor and then cut and paste. You can select sections and use the buttons above the entry box for basic formatting (italics, bold-face, adding links, inserting images, etc.). After entering some content, don't forget to save the page ('show preview' does NOT save). Now when you go back to the main page your name won't be red anymore; a red link on a wiki page means an empty page.

Add your short 'abstract' essays on your page as they come due. Make sure you give each a title/header, which could be as simple as "ABSTRACT ONE". Finish each essay with four tildes (squiggles) in a row on a separate line; this automatically adds a time and date stamp with your user name.

You can get much fancier with format if you want; there's a help button on the panel to the left. You can also go to any wiki page (including wikipedia) and, by clicking edit tab (you may or may not have to register) see the underlying wiki code, and just copy any section that produces format or structure that you want. Essentially, all layout beyond simple typing is done by inserting typed characters of some sort (e.g., bracketing something with two pairs of single quote marks turns it into italic font...) Here is summary of a lot of the basic wiki markup language commands.

Your SECOND TASK is to read at least a few of the other essays -- let's say a minimum of three for every one you write. As these raise questions, comments, ideas, arguments in your mind, add commentary directly below the body of the abstract (or following other comments as appropriate). Follow these format rules for commentary:

  • Put an asterisk at beginning of your comment; that will become a 'bullet' and indent the sectioin. If you are commenting on a previous comment, use TWO asterisks, and so forth.
  • Make sure you follow your comment with date and signature (this can be automated by typing four tildas -- the 'squiggle' or '~', but you can do it manually).

This kind of commentary and response model for exchange and development of ideas is quite widely used in scholarly work; many publications include formal responses from other interested scholars and original author's responses to those.

A few guidelines for discussion:

  • Feel free to be free-ranging; your comments should have some anchor in the essay you're responding to, but can be anything from a counter-argument, to an offer of relevant information, to a development of argument along similar lines, to something that starts with the essay but goes in a tangential direction.
  • Don't hesitate to criticize, but be a) substantive and b) civil. 'Being substantive' means saying more than 'I disagree'. Really, why does it matter whether you disagree or not, until you explain why?! Being civil means being civil; you can disagree with someone respectfully.
  • Often, the most effective comment is a question rather than an assertion.
  • It can be particularly interesting to make cross-linkages -- between essays, to other sources, etc.
Fake Person
Lucie R Baker
Zoe D. Banfield
Molly D. Brown
Kate C. Davis
Aminata S. De Groot
Angelica E. De Leon
Zoe A. Elston
Guy D. Fredericks
Alaina M. Gercak
Malia G. Guyer-Stevens
Dale M. Hoagland
Rachel N. Kelleher (B)
Danielle M Radacosky-Pentoney
Celia W. Robertson
Emily R. Sanders
Asa E. Sapse
Brendan Tang
Charlotte Uden