LitWiki Lessons Learned

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Summary of Edits

Our class should be proud of the work put into creating our collaborative article on Technical Writing in the Digital Age. My part in the project has been mostly editorial, but I added content under the heading "Collaboration and Version Control." At the time, only the headings were in the article, so I added the content and the source to support it.

Following that change, our Talk page conversation led me to update the heading for Collaboration and Version Control from a level 1 heading to a level 3 heading under the level 2 heading of "Characteristics of Digital Documents." I also separated the level 1 heading into two separate level 3 headings, which also included my changing "Collaboration" to "Remote Collaboration" as it was a better reflection of the source.

My final contribution was to change the "Detailed" section under the level 1 heading "Features of Technical Communication." I changed "Detailed" to "Detailed-Oriented" to better reflect the source, and I also rearranged the wording of the paragraph to improve clarity. Overall, each change I made was necessary to improving the structure and flow of the article.

Evolution of the Article

The LitWiki article began with a few suggestions of headings, and it has grown into a robust article with many headings and subheadings. As a class we added more content as we gained and researched new information for our article. The final product is a well-researched article that covers the multi-faceted world of technical communication. I've enjoyed watching the article grow and change over these few short weeks. I'm personally proud of what we created together as it is an informative and well-supported article.

Lessons Learned

The biggest lesson I've learned is the value of multiple points of view in the creation of document. Using the the discussion page to share ideas and talk about changes needing to be made to the article was an invaluable resource especially since tasks weren't assigned to us. I'm more accustomed to having more structure in task-assignment, so using the discussion page helped me decide what edits I could make.

Prior to this class and project, I never gave much thought to Wikipedia or other wikis. I knew they were websites with lots of information on various topics, but I did not fully understand how they worked. I frequented them for my own research on various topics, but beyond that I didn't think about who wrote them. I may have been vaguely familiar with the notion that wikis could be edited by anyone, but seeing it in action through our collaborative process opened my eyes to the utility of wikis in my professional life. I could see creating a wiki for best practices in online teaching or academic advising, where users could add information, articles, and resources. There's a wealth of knowledge that could be shared, added, and edited through a wiki.

Overall, I've gained a much larger understanding of technical communication, and I feel more comfortable working in Wikipedia and LitWiki. This process has taught me the value of community in sharing information and knowledge.

Kimberly Leinberger

Kimberly Leinberger

Kimberly Leinberger is a full-time optimist, part-time realist. She is a higher education professional, beekeeper, and aspiring digital writer.
Macon, GA