Getting involved using Physiopedia in your class is very easy and painfree. It is free to do, can be accessed by anyone, and the wiki writing is made simple through a convenient editing toolbar.
What do I need to do to get my class started using Physiopedia?
Once you have decided to use Physiopedia for your course, simply sign up for a username, have your students sign up for user names, login, and begin creating content. Be sure to read the Experts step by step guide before you get started. We encourage you to contact us about ideas or questions you have for using Physiopedia.
I'm not sure what type of project I should assign my students, how can I decide?
There are probably more ways to use this wiki, or any wiki for that matter, than we can come up with on our own. However, having students contribute to content articles on Physiopedia is an easy way to get your feet wet. This type of project lends itself well to any clinical management course. Each student, or group of students can be responsible for updating a condition, or an intervention in an evidence-based manner. Be sure to read the User Tutorials to learn about creating new pages. Encourage your students to provide references on each page and use images with permissions and/or the appropriate citation.
How can I track what my students are creating?
First, we expect that you have given your students guidance as to what specific content or types of content they should develop. Each Physiopedia page has a History tab where you can view how various users have contributed. Additionally, you can flag pages your students are working on by using the Watch feature on each page. You can provide feedback to your students either privately, or publicly using the Discussion tab on each page.
You can also track individual user contributions by visiting their profile page and clicking on the 'user contributions' tab at the bottom of the left sidebar.
How can I protect what my students are creating?
We are unable to fully protect certain areas of Physiopedia to only be edited by certain groups of people. However if this issue is a concern then we can optionally take several steps when you teaching activity is underway. If you would like us to take these actions you must contact us detailing the Physiopedia pages involved and the timescales of the activity:
- Ongoing student projects can be highlighted on the home page of Physiopedia. We will ask that these pages not be edited for the duration of that project. Where and when the student projects are taking place will be stated.
- Once you have decided which pages you would like to work with all links to those pages will be removed so that they are not easily be found by other users. You will of course have the direct URLs to visit the pages that you are working with. The links will be replaced once your project has ended and you are happy for the pages to be made public.
- At the top of each page that you are working on a comment will be added stating that the page is currently part of a student project and is not to be edited until the end date of the project which will be stated.
- Any unauthorised edits of these pages made during the activities can be removed and that user contacted.
So, the entire world can see what my students write? Is that dangerous?
It is normal to feel aprehensive about setting any student off to do work in a public setting. This is an important part of professional development for students. As an instructor, you can see and edit what your students write, and nothing that is created on Physiopedia is anonymous. By contributing in a world-wide community, your students will be interacting with other professionals on a scope that was unimaginable several years ago! Explain to your students about wikis and the public nature of this site, and then sit back and watch them create fine content, develop important web skills, and interact with the world community of physio- and physical therapists.
What 'shape' would my students work have to be loaded to Physiopedia?
The students can add text based contributions themselves to Physiopedia with the simple editing tool. If this method does not suit you, we would be happy to add your students work to the site if you email them directly to us.
Can the students cite such contributions in a CV?
Of course they can, we would love them to do so! Any contributions that they make to the site can be tracked and viewed on their personal 'user contributions' page.
Is there a quality assurance loop ...or do we let the users do that via feedback?
As a wiki anything that the students add can be edited by any registered user, this is what provides the quality assurance (and development) for the whole Physiopedia project. Our editors also monitor all the changes that are made in the site and you could also easily monitor the students contributions if you wish.
Is full access to the site free and are there any other 'conditions' that I should know about?
Is there a way of getting promotion for a program through tagging the source of a contribution?
If you are keen to go ahead with a student contribution we would be keen to make you one of our partner institutions. Our partner organisations will be permanently featured on our page of acknowledgements and will also be entitled to free course/program advertising space on Physiopedia. If however there is any other way you would like to promote your program we are open to suggestions so please let us know your ideas.