My Edits (LitWiki's Version)

My Edits (LitWiki's Version)

Throughout this semester, we have been working on a collaborative Wikipedia article on LitWiki to develop our digital writing skills in a safe, controlled environment. Everyone in the class has contributed and we have built a comprehensive, well written article.

Contribution Summary

I have contributed to the article by doing edits, answering discussion questions and helping with organization. I feel like these were valuable contributions to the article because they created better flow, which enhances user experience. Editing is something that you don't notice until it is noticeable. I've tried to read through article and clean it up as best as possible. I also made sure to look for inconsistencies in formatting of sections. I tried to fix these when I saw them. All of these are tiny things that users notice when they are wrong, but don't acknowledge when they are correct. When they are incorrect, they have negative impacts on a user's experience.

The Progression Of An Article

Our collaborative article grew over the semester. Every week as we learned new material, the article grew to reflect what we had learned. It was pretty neat to see. I especially liked how there were articles that weren't part of the required reading worked into the article. It provided resources for others that we may not have found on our own. The collaborative nature of the article remained consistent throughout the semester. It was easy to see that as a collective group, we were gaining knowledge.

Lessons Learned

I came into the realm of digital writing with little to no clue of what digital writing was. Had you asked me seven weeks ago if I would ever contribute to a Wikipedia article, the answer would have been a resounding no. It had never occurred to me that I could do that. Even if I had ventured into an attempt of my own free will, I think the editing page alone would have stopped me in my tracks. It is daunting and overwhelming if you are unfamiliar. The LitWiki was a safe place to learn. I didn't feel like I would be drawn and quartered if I made a mistake (shoutout to being banned by Wikipedia due to poor editing earlier in the semester and having to make a new account/use a new computer to make edits...). I feel much more confident in my ability to make positive contributions to my discourse Wikipedia pages.

Speaking of making positive contributions to my discourse Wikipedia pages, I already have. I found the Touch Football World Cup to have quite a bit of misinformation on it, which I promptly set out to fix. I intend to start deep diving into some of the other F.I.T. Touch Rugby Wikipedia pages as well to see how they are faring. The information out there about F.I.T. rugby needs to be accurate, especially since we are already such a small sport. We need people confident in our organizations and information management to help us grow globally. To quote the Lorax, "Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not."

Bryanna Kerbuski

Bryanna Kerbuski

Professional Student. Rugby Enthusiast.