Help with using Qedoc software
One of the main purposes of this site is to help with using the Qedoc software (the other purpose is the repository of learning resources already created using the Qedoc software. You may like to start on the following pages.
If you have any problems with specific resources on this site, or with the Qedoc software, you can leave a message on the talk page of the resource, or leave a message on the above forums, or contact Qedoc.
Help with editing
If you would like to help build this site into something even more helpful, you'll need to find out how to edit a site which uses MediaWiki software. If you are a Wikipedian, you'll already know. If not, here's where to start.
- Wikipedia Tutorial (good place to start)
- Wikipedia Cheatsheet (simple)
- MediaWiki Editing Guide
- Wikipedia Advanced Cheatsheet (not simple)
Frequently asked questions (FAQ)
Can I (or my students/children) use the learning materials on this site for free?
How can I use the learning materials on this site?
Click the prominent link to launch the interactive programme straight off the web page. Currently this is in a little green spaceship box on the top right-hand side of pages with learning materials. The pages with the learning resources also list a number of other ways to use the modules, including purely offline methods.
I can't find a learning material that I need.
Please feel welcome to create one then.
How do I create learning materials for this site?
Start by downloading the software for this purpose. The rest is pretty self-explanatory.
Do I have to ask anyone before I can create materials?
No - just get started :)
Do you accept just any materials?
Modules that are obviously experimental, in languages we can't understand, or with clear copyright violations don't usually get far. There are appropriate content guidelines. Generally you should attempt to make a bona fide contribution to public education.
Do I have to be a teacher to submit materials?
Some of our most talented authors include parents and IT people. Students have also submitted very valuable materials. There are no qualifications required.
What if I find a mistake in a module?
There are a number of things you can do. You can leave a note on a module's talk page (on this site), where someone else, such as the author, may see your note and take action. You can also edit anything yourself. Generally it's a good idea to let somebody know what you're doing - use the talk pages for this purpose. To access a talk page, first register as a user of this site and then click the "discussion" tab at the top of any page.
Can anyone come along and edit the modules I publish? What if they ruin them?
Although it is technically possible for anyone to edit your modules, our review process ensures that a good author's original materials will be preserved. We realise that many authors need a particular version of their modules for their classes. Later authors will be advised to fork - i.e. to create a second version of your module with a slightly different title, so that both your version and their new version continue to be available.
Where can I get more help?
Try the forums.
How can I be sure I can still access my online modules in a couple of years? Maybe you are not there anymore.
You can download any or all modules and store them locally. You also have redistribution rights, so you can set up your own site and start sharing them with everyone, just like we do now. The same goes for the desktop version of the Qedoc Quiz Player which is needed to play the modules - you can download it and redistribute it! What this means is that it really doesn't matter if we vanish, go crazy or whatever.
Why does this site look like Wikipedia?
Wikipedia uses some software for its website called MediaWiki. 1000's of sites use this software. But Wikipedia is the best known of these sites. We have no particular association with Wikipedia or the Wikimedia Foundation. We just use the same software.
Other helpful things
- How to contact Qedoc