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Part of Global Surgical Training Challenge
Published by Andrea Maida
Emilio Velis
Published 2021
License CC BY-SA 4.0
Language English (en)

Welcome aboard!

We are excited to support your work for the Global Surgical Training Challenge. Here you will find some basic information regarding the skills and tools you will need as you document your modules for the competition.

Warm-up activities[edit | edit source]

We have prepared a series of weekly tasks to get you started on Appropedia. Each activity includes a short description, links to relevant Help pages and a quick rundown of the actions to familiarize yourself with using a wiki. You can refer to the GSTC Toolbox for additional information.

Please complete these tasks as they include useful skills for the Global Surgical Training Challenge, and the Appropedia Workshop in July will assume you have already done these exercises and will build upon these skills.

While working through the exercises, we strongly suggest leaving this home page open, and navigating to the links using either ctrl+click for a new tab or shift+click for a new window. The links are to general Appropedia informational content, so do not have the simple navigation data or banners that we use within the GSTC to allow you to come back here easily.

Week 1: Create an Appropedia account[edit | edit source]

Create a new Appropedia account following the steps listed on Help:Create account.

This is the account you will log on to and use for the duration of the Challenge. Make sure to:

  • Create a user name that easily identifies you.
  • Set a strong password.
  • Confirm your email address.

Give our team a heads up at Talk:Global_Surgical_Training_Challenge by entering the page and creating a new ticket (by clicking the "New ticket" button) with your team name as the subject; you can copy and edit the following text as a message:

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Hi, this is team <team-name>. —~~~~

Hi, this is team <team-name>. —Emilio (talk) 17:46, 1 July 2021 (UTC)

For more information, see Help:Create account.
Click for an example of how to categorize a page using the visual editor.

We will use this information to add your account to a private sandbox, a private space for pages that only this account will be able to see and edit. If your team will be using more than one account, please register them and share the usernames with us so we can add them to the corresponding private sandbox.

These private spaces work by adding the right categories to every page you create, so please ensure that your team pages are categorized consistently after your save. You can do that by check at the bottom of every page on Appropedia, such as this one, which is under Category:Global Surgical Training Challenge.

Please update your team's usernames at Global_Surgical_Training_Challenge/Teams under your team name if you wish any specific users to obtain permissions for private sandboxes.

Week 2: Create your User Page[edit | edit source]

Go to Special:MyPage and start your user page, adding relevant professional and professional information about yourself and your team.

Use this as an opportunity to test how a wiki works. If you're curious about what you can do here on Appropedia, please check Help:Editing. Make sure to:

  • Use your real name, location and nationality for easier attribution.
  • Include a team photo.
  • List all members and their professional information.
  • You may include your academic or professional affiliations.
  • List your skills and interests in relation to the GSTC.
For more information, see Help:User pages.

Week 3: Create a learning module with a syllabus page and add a team banner[edit | edit source]

Create the first learning module for your Team

This can be a mockup that includes relevant information about the module objectives. Follow the steps listed on Help:Creating a page and use the "Training Module" template in our preloaded pages as a reference.

Make sure to:

  • Check that the page is categorized correctly after your first save.
  • List a draft syllabus.
Use Template:Notice to create the official banner of the team and add to your page.

This banner will appear at the top of every page you or any of your teammates create. Feel free to customize it as you wish. Make sure to:

  • Choose a color scheme that represents your team for the top border and the background.
  • Include an icon that represents your team in .png format (you will need to upload this icon and refer to it in the image file)
  • List the name of your team correctly.
  • Include that you are part of the Global Surgical Training Challenge.

You will use these templates for every page to make it clear that users are still in your content. For example, this page you're reading uses Template:GSTC by adding {{GSTC}} at the top of the page (you can check it out using the source editor).

We will convert them to templates during the workshop. For now, feel free to copy and edit this code into your first syllabus page to create your team's banner:

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|background = #f8f9fa
|image = Appropedia.png
|border = #8f87f7
|head = This page by [[Appropedia:About|Team Appropedia]] is part of [[Global Surgical Training Challenge]].
|body = Leave your comments on the {{talk page}}. This page is not [[Open edit|open edit]].

Follow the steps listed on Help:Notices. You can see Template:GSTC as a reference.

The numbers shown for "background" and "border" are the sRGB codes for colors. You can find the code for any color using browser plug-ins like the [Color Pick eyedropper] to sample the color you like on a webpage.

You're done![edit | edit source]

We’re here to help! Here are some video demonstrations that show you exactly what to do to. Please let us know if you had any further questions about how to use Appropedia. We're happy to help!

Check these other features[edit | edit source]

Page history[edit | edit source]

We encourage you to be bold and try editing pages without any fear of making mistakes. All pages have a History section that lists all changes made to a page since it was created. As an example, you can see this page's history (sorry for the mess!). A history page can help you:

  • By showing you who was involved in the page creation process.
  • To make sure no content is lost while you or multiple people are editing.
  • To revert any changes done by error.

We hope that you can collaborate with your team and edit away in a way that allows your team to collaborate efficiently.

Preloaded pages[edit | edit source]

As the Challenge progresses, you'll find yourself creating similar content at times. Preloaded pages are automated templates that we created so you can avoid starting a page from scratch.

Every preloaded page is designed to contain the basic elements you need to adequately document and share knowledge from a certain category. To use these preloaded pages:

  1. Type the page title into the corresponding text box. Be as specific as you can and check that your spelling is accurate.
  2. Click on the Create button and wait for the page to load. A new preloaded page will appear.
  3. Edit all meta information contained on the databoxes. These are the teal-colored boxes to the right of each page which help organize pages into indexable knowledge sources with many cool features such as improve discoverability.
  4. Determine the category your page will belong to. All pages need to be organized into adequate categories, so make sure to double check the right category at the bottom of every page after your first save.

All you need after these steps is to modify the content according to the topic you are creating. You may also add any other elements you want. Always remember to save your progress!

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Medical skills
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Knowledge pages
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Training modules
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Video demonstrations[edit | edit source]

See these videos for demonstrations of these actions on Appropedia (these videos do not have audio).

How to create a training module page
Learn how to create a training module (or course page) in Appropedia.
How to create a medical skill
Learn how to create a medical skill page in Appropedia.
How to create a knowledge page
Learn how to create a medical knowledge page in Appropedia.
How to create a quiz using the source editor.
See the documentation to create quizzes at Wikiversity:Help:Quiz.
How to edit a Notice banner
Learn how to edit a banner for your team.
How to test your editing skills on a no-risk space.
If you want to test something out, try testing your editing skills (while logged in) at Special:MyPage/sandbox.
How to add/edit video annotations
Tutorial on how to add/edit video annotations in Appropedia.
Language: English (EN)
Cómo crear o editar un video con anotaciones
Tutorial sobre cómo crear o editar un video con anotaciones en Appropedia
Language: Español (ES)
How to create a user page
Tutorial on how to create a user page
Language: English (EN)
Cómo crear una página de usuario
Tutorial sobre cómo crear una página de usuario en Appropedia
Language: Español (ES)

Ask for support[edit | edit source]

We want your experience at the Global Surgical Training Challenge to be as rewarding and straightforward as possible.That includes any question or issue that may arise during the Challenge. Whenever you need assistance, we're here to help:

Submit a ticket[edit | edit source]

If you encounter any technical difficulty while navigating Appropedia during the Global Surgical Training Challenge, submitting a ticket through the GSTC dedicated Talk Page is a great way to let us know what's happening so we can sort any issue as soon as possible.

Make sure to state your problem clearly on the subject line and describe what's happening in a detailed and organized manner. It's always helpful to add the solutions you've tried so far, any messages/warnings that may have appeared on your screen and other relevant information.

Join the discussion[edit | edit source]

There's a fair chance your peers have the same questions as you, and a bigger chance we can figure it out as a community. Feel free to discuss your suggestions, inquiries and anything related to the Global Surgical Training Challenge on its dedicated Talk page. The Appropedia team constantly checks the Talk page to make sure everything is up and running.

Send us an email[edit | edit source]

We understand some of your inquiries may be urgent or require further communication. In case you need to contact us directly, you can always reach us at We're always happy to hear from you and will reply as soon as possible.