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Something that interests me at the moment is how do you ensure that contributors are working towards the same ends in this assynchronous environment. I think it's important to ensure some degree of consistency with respect to structure of material & general "feel". Presumably contributors will come to the site with different ideas, priorities, etc.
From discussion with other people so far it seems that a collaborative project needs to have a defined vision, aims & objectives to guide collaborators. A page structure needs to be defined (e.g. [Computer Literacy Resources]). However it's important that these remain consistent with the pool of collaborators as it grows, so it seems to me that the vision, etc. needs to be revisited on a regular basis (presumably through discussion page??). I don't think that anyone really knows the answer to these questions. I asked Wayne McIntosh & Randy in the recent WikiEducator elluminate session about this issue, and didn't get any particularly clear answers. I guess we're all trying to get to grips with this new environment as it develops.--David McQuillan 21:18, 2 November 2007 (CET)

David McQuillan (talk)09:24, 6 November 2007

I think aims and objectives or a defined goal would be useful on this site. Is it a one-off page or a link from another one? Do you need a definition of what a wiki is to give the content some context? --Yvonne 11:17, 5 November 2007 (CET)

Moor267 (talk)23:17, 5 November 2007

This page WikiEducator:About has the best statement about the vision/strategy of WikiEducator ... but you're right in that its still evolving. Regarding structure... this too is pretty much evolving as well. The best thing to do at this point in my opinion is use categories to start defining your pages, see: Wikieducator_tutorial/Thinking_about_Structure for more information on how to do this.

BrentSimpson (talk)09:24, 6 November 2007