For more information about using the wiki, click Help. If you attempt to modify this wiki from a mobile browser (e.g. Android or iPad), you will need to use a browser that can set its "user agent" so it appears to be a desktop browser, otherwise the wiki will not let you edit. Mercury is a good option on iPad and lets you change the user agent easily.
Why does this class have a wiki?
Look around. There are too many people to effectively discuss things in class. It is difficult to find ways to work as a community on learnijng a topic as complicated as evolution. What you will be doing this semester is using this webpage to review, reinterpret, and redirect the material presented in lecture so that you - as a class - have a single place to go to learn and explore the material more deeply, and can actually adjust the content of the course to fit your interests.
How can we, the students, direct what content we are learning?
Dr. Wares will be lecturing based on the textbook (Zimmer and Emlen 2012), augmenting this information with his own experience and interests. The idea is that you can learn more if you try to re-state what is in the lecture, using resources from the web, your textbook, etc. or your own summarization. More importantly, the class will find a tremendous number of published papers, summaries, websites, wikipedia entries, etc. if they search for a given topic (e.g. Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium) as it relates to something more interesting TO YOU (e.g. human mating behavior). Your interests as a class can direct how evolutionary biology is presented on this website. If sufficient input is put into the website, then, Dr. Wares will use the wiki pages as the resource for some or all of the exam questions. That means that you would be selecting at least some of the material on which you will be graded.
How will this work?
This is experimental. I don't know anybody who has tried this. There is not an easy way to grade the effort of 160 or more students on something like a wiki, because sometimes your contribution will be major, perhaps expanding a definition or linking out to useful web resources, and sometimes it will be less major, cleaning up or reorganizing text. Think this won't work? Well, Wikipedia is nothing but a self-organized information dump from many thousands of users; it is very useful to most of us. And your own classmates generated an amazing website in the GENE 3000H Evolution class in Fall 2012, with only 14 students.
What we will try is to have you agree to make three updates each week: one after each lecture, and another some time during the week. Your TAs in the Discussion section will help show you how to do this, and how to log your three updates and email this information to your TAs, who will record this as part of your participation grade (10% of total points). So now by participating, simply putting forth the effort to explain and organize what we are learning, you get some easy points toward your grade - and you help determine what information you will be tested on!
If very little is put on the website, of course Dr. Wares has plenty of material from the textbook, and that's fine: that is the way things have been working for many years. However, if you want to set the course of your own education, thus making the material more germaine to your life, this is your opportunity. You can interact more with fellow students; it is important to recognize that you aren't each setting up little web territories and summarizing what you know. You will be modifying each others work, editing it, linking to pages others create, finding information on the web, videos, papers, images. This is what wikis are for!
How do we start?
Dr. Wares will try not to contribute anything to the main wiki that you, the class, will develop. You will start with the page "What is evolution?" and use your ideas on related topics, organizing principles, and so forth to create a resource that all of you can use! Please note: we can see the user ID of anybody who edits the page. No graffiti, spam, or indecent/inappropriate material. Always cite the source of your information, in accordance with the University Honesty Code. Be respectful of what others are trying to do, be respectful with your comments and questions. But hopefully: have fun. Learn a little bit more than you expect to. And then, you might end up teaching somebody something they haven't heard of before.