Bachelor of Oral Health - Human Biology

Assessment Task - Semester 2 2007.

Developed by Sophie Karanicolas and Cathy Snelling, School of Dentistry, Faculty of Health Sciences, The University of Adelaide.

Collaborative group work - Designing a wiki and poster presentation

A wiki on how to make a wiki!!!

Cathy and I will begin to construct a collaborative wiki to model the format of your next assignment for Human Biology.

For the purpose of this project you will:
1. Work in groups of 3
2. Explore and investigate an assigned topic
3. Review your aims and objectives collaboratively
4. Assign group member tasks equitably
5. Develop a wiki of your content with support from your designated e-facilitator
6. Develop a poster to present to the class with a summary of your findings
7. Your presentation will be online and accompanied by a 5 minute oral presentation.

What is a wiki ?

For the technologically savvy of us like Stu, a wiki is easy to understand, develop and nurture. I am sure we can all learn a great deal from the Mighty Stu. However, for those of us less savvy, I have provided a few links to view some pretty amazing wikis.... Not that we expect the same level of construction for the purpose of this assignment from you guys, but it may help to view some other wikis to help give you an idea. They look more complex than what they are, and trust me, if Cathy and I can get our heads around them, you Gen Y kids have already got a head start on us. They can be a simple or as complex as you like. The beauty of them are that they become a written record of your collaborative group work.
My advice for making a wiki... Just do it !!! Click the icons and see what happens.

Everyone knows of wikipedia, right??? Well here is a link to view a wiki on the Endocrine System as an example.

Next we have an example from the University of Columbia on Social Justice. This is a favourite of mine and Cathy's.

Lets get started:

Step 1

Your assigned groups, topics and e-facilitator are as follows:

Group 1 Enamel - Cathy
Group 2 Physiology of Dental Pain -Cathy
Group 3 Cementum - Sophie
Group 4 Endocrine and Exocrine Glands - Cathy
Group 5 Endocrine System: Negative Feedback - Sophie
Group 6 Endocrine System: Growth Hormone - Cathy
Group 7 Endocrine System: Adrenal Glands - Cathy
Group 8 Stress - Sophie
Group 9 Diabetes - Sophie
Group 10 Pregnancy - Sophie
Group 11 Smell and Taste - Sophie
Group 12.The Gag Reflex - Cathy

Step 2

Aims and objectives: you may add to or modify your assigned objectives to make them more suited to your learning preferences.
The aims and objectives of each poster will be discussed in our F2F session on the assignment on Tuesday 24/7/07

Step 3

Set group roles and assign tasks.

The role of your e-facilitator. Cathy and I will join in on your selected groups to assist you with any queries or concerns you may have. Although we will not add or contribute to the content of your wiki, we may make some suggestions as you are progressing through the different stages on the wiki, discussion page or by sending you an email.

Step 4

Find your page in this space under the navigation list.

Step 5

Begin your research and start your collaborative writing. Write down your ideas and information and do not be too concerned about the format or structure
of your page as it evolves. There is plenty of opportunity to cut and paste and reframe as the page as it develops. That's part of the fun..... Start by clicking the edit this page tab.

Step 6

Finalise the content and layout of your wiki and begin to select the information that you will inlcude on your poster. Follow this link for some ideas on poster design. Although this is not a poster on the results of scientific research, you can get some great ideas just by looking at the layout of some of these posters. Alternatively you can take the stairs to the fourth floor of the Medical School South Building - Physiology Department- and view the suggested layouts for posters in the corridor. Please be mindful not to disrupt classes whilst you are viewing the layouts.

You poster must inlcude the following elements:
Title and authors
Aims and objective

Content to include diagrams or any graphs etc..
Summary and any acknowledgments etc....

Step 7

Upload your poster on MyUni under Human Biology 1 in the assigned area, and prepare a 5 minute oral to present your poster and your wiki space to the rest of the class. The date and venue for these presentations is:


There are two parts to this assessment.

1. Collaborative writing - Please log on to MyUni under Human Biology I OH Semester 2 - Assignments - and click on the wiki folder to find an assessment grid/rubric for the collaborative writing component of your wiki.

2. Poster design and presentation - Please log on to MyUni under Human Biology I OH Semester 2 - Assignments - and click on the wiki folder to find an assessment grid/rubric for your poster design.