DRC Wiki Quest at Computers and Writing 2015: In Reflection


For today’s Wiki Wednesday, we’re reflecting on Computers and Writing 2015 where the DRC Fellows hosted a DRC Wiki Quest, a conference-long gamification of our DRC Wiki edit-a-thon. We invited all conference participants to take part by completing a range of quests identified on our DRC Wiki Quest gameboard.

DRC Wiki Quest Game Board, featuring a path of incremental quest steps, such as "Sign up for the DRC Wiki," "Find a Wiki article to emulate," "Brainstorm topics to add to the Wiki," and so forth

DRC Wiki Quest Game Board

We had a number of goals we wanted to meet in designing the game, including:

  • build awareness for the DRC Wiki, both at the conference and beyond, as a resource for reference and for classroom activity
  • engage with a variety of participants throughout the conference
  • increase editor sign-ups
  • scaffold wiki editing activities to demonstrate classroom assignment possibilities
  • build editorial contributions to the DRC Wiki
  • engage in conference activity beyond the constraints of the single panel time slot
  • use digital rhetoric practices across the spectrum, including the use of social media, photography, videography, audio recording, and more, activities beyond editing wiki entries, and
  • most importantly, have fun!
DRC Wiki Quest Table with Fellows and Questers

DRC Wiki Quest Table with Fellow Matt Vetter talking with Quester Marcia Bost and Fellows Paula Miller and Jenae Cohn


How did we do meeting our goals? The DRC Wiki gained new content. DRC Wiki Questers’ Computers and Writing 2015 contributions include the following new entries:

The DRC Wiki gained edits to existing content, such as for the existing stub DMAC at The Ohio State University entry.  DRC Wiki Quest Contributors also added stubs calling for expansion, including ones for OBSGIMP, Patricia Sullivan, and Algorithmic Rhetoric. Contributors also engaged in meta-wiki editing, discussing Computers and Writing 2015 presentations in entries for DMAC at The Ohio State University, Games, and the DRC Wiki Quest itself.

To recognize successful wiki quest completions, we upcycled technology as giveaways, such as our “computer bugs” made of computer keys and memory chips as rewards for completion of an early series of quests. Other tangible prizes included a floppy disk pen holder, computer part key chains, and books.

Patti Poblete holds a small computer key with glued on eyes and with a pin backing to wear.

Patti Poblete poses with her DRC Wiki Quest Computer Bug Pin

Stedman holds a small computer key with glued on eyes and with a pin backing to wear.

Kyle Stedman shows off his DRC Wiki Quest Computer Bug Pin

A closeup of Marcia Bost's CW 2015 bracelet with computer keys reading CW2015 tied together.

Marcia Bost wears the CW 2015 computer key bracelet she won in the DRC Wiki Quest.

All in all, we’re pretty happy with how our first wiki quest turned out, especially since we earned a bug or two ourselves.

DRC Wiki Quest Computer Bug Pins made of computer keys and memory chips with glued on eyes, wings, and pins.

DRC Wiki Quest Computer Bugs


Remember that if you participated in the quest, you can find out what entries you made for the DRC Wiki by logging into the wiki and then choosing the My Contributions menu link from the top of the wiki.

DRC Wiki Site Menu Items, with the Contributions menu link

DRC Wiki Site Menu Items, with the Contributions menu link

We’d love to hear from you about how you think the Computers and Writing 2015 DRC Wiki Quest went and what ideas you have, whether for teaching, editing, or promoting, the DRC Wiki in the future.

Want to get in on the wiki editing action? First, create a U-M Friend Account at https://friend.weblogin.umich.edu/friend/. After confirming your account, log into the DRC Wiki with your U-M Friend account name and password. [Contact DigitalRhetoricCollaborative@umich.edu with any additional questions (please use subject line: DRC Wiki help question).]

Stay tuned for more posts recognizing our DRC Wiki Quest winners!

About Author

Brenta Blevins

A Sweetland Digital Rhetoric Collaborative fellow in 2013-14 and 2014-15, Brenta Blevins is an Assistant Professor of Writing Studies and Digital Studies at the University of Mary Washington. She completed her PhD in digital rhetoric and composition at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro where her dissertation examined the rhetoric and literacy of virtual, augmented, and mixed reality. She previously worked in the software development industry. Her current research interests include Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, and Mixed Reality, digital literacy and digital pedagogy, and multiliteracy/multimodality.

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