Documentation:CTLT Resources/TLPD/Working Guidelines for Resource Development on UBC Wiki/Getting Started

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The Teaching and Learning Professional Development (TLPD) team at the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology (CTLT) at UBC develops teaching and learning resources on various topics of interest to faculty and students. One effective way to share and disseminate our work with fellow staff, faculty members, and students - with the UBC community and beyond - is to develop these resources on the UBC Wiki.

This article provides a step-by-step guide to help you create your own!

Sign in with your CWL

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While anyone with access to internet may view content on the UBC Wiki, authoring and editing privileges are restricted to users with a valid UBC Campus-Wide Login (CWL).

Search for an existing article

Search to see whether someone has already written a similar page before you start one yourself. This step may lead to potential collaborations and/or new working relationships!

If you search for a page that does not exist, then you will be provided with a link to create the new page.

Be thoughtful about resource organization

Before you actually create a new page, consider how the various spaces may be optimized to help organize the resources you are (and will be) developing. A well-organized structure will ensure the resources' visibility and searchability, which will ultimately contribute to its long-term sustainability.

  • Course: designed for curating course-related content and activities. This space may be appropriate for organizing core PD programs.
  • Documentation: useful for resources, meeting documentation, user manuals, and other similar content. This space is likely where many of us work in.
  • Sandbox: an informal place to experiment, play, and work with your evolving ideas. This space may be appropriate for developing a workshop.

Other powerful organizational features include:

Create a new page

Click on Create a New Page on left sidebar and select the proper spaces for your new page. Remember that subpages may come in handy here for your resource organization!

Uploading media

To embed an image, video, diagram, or PDF document, it must first be uploaded using the Upload Wizard. You will be prompted to provide additional information about copyright and to attribute appropriately.

Inserting media files using the Visual Editor

If you are uploading your own original work, the simplest option is to release it under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license. You may also upload files which you know and can prove are under a free license, a Creative Commons license, or in the public domain. This resource on finding Public Domain and Creative Commons License works is a good place to start!

Please double check the copyright. Do you have (written) permission to use it? (see UBC Copyright for more details)

Once you have successfully uploaded a media file, you may insert the file using the Visual Editor (see image on right) or visit Adding Media Help Page for instructions on embedding specific types of media into a wiki page using wiki markup.

Adding citation using the Visual Editor.

Including references

Gather sources and references for the resource you will develop and write about. Having a list of reliable (and updated) references will lend credibility to your article and provide valuable learning opportunities for those who seek to further develop their capacity relating to the topic of interest.

Please visit this Footnotes and References Help Page for instructions on inserting references and on creating a list of references at the end of your wiki page. Alternatively, you may use the Citation Tool (see image on right) to generate your list of references!

Next steps

Now that you have made a valuable contribution to the CTLT Resource collection, please refer to the TLPD Working Guideline on Managing Your Content to ensure that it remains current and accurate to support our teaching and learning community!