What are Wikis?
Wikis are Web pages that can be viewed and modified by anyone with a Web browser and Internet access. Even though this means that any visitor can change the web page "on the fly," wikis are surprisingly robust.
Other typical characteristics of a wiki include the following:
- Allows users to interact with the familiar interface of a web page
- Permits asynchronous communication and group collaboration
- Users can have both author and editor privileges
- Typically a "history" feature allows them to return to a previously-saved state when needed, and to view the evolution of thought processes as students interact with the site
- Users can incorporate multimedia, making them an easy method for gathering, sharing, and presenting student work
Source: Educause Learning Initiative, EDUCAUSE
How are they used in education?
- Wikis provide space for creating simple websites, debating on course topics or readings, writing a journal, group authoring for project work, developing a project with peer-review, writing collaboratively, etc.
- Sample Wiki Uses:
- 50 Ways to Use Wikis for a More Collaborative and Interactive Classroom, Smart Teaching.
- Editing Wikipedia to Improve Writing to a General Audience, University of Michigan.
What are some resources?
- Evaluating Student Work in a Wiki, Columbia Center for New Media Teaching and Learning.
- The STOLEN Principle for Using Wikis Educationally, Various authors.
- Teaching Social Software with Social Software: A report, Ulises A. Mejias.
- Wikify Your Course: Designing and Implementing a Wiki for Your Learning Environment, Educause.
- Wikipedia Education Program, Wikimedia Foundation, Inc.
Where is there help?
- Canvas Wiki Tool - WWU's course management system, Canvas, currently has the ability to create academic wikis through resources pages that students are allowed to edit.
- Free wiki services:
- Google Sites - easy to add members, form-based.
- MediaWiki - must host elsewhere (PHP), strong features (same software used for Wikipedia).
- PBworks - online team collaboration software.
- WikiMatrix - compare wiki software.
- Wikispaces for Educators - wiki host providing community wiki spaces, visual page editing, and discussion areas.
- Wikispaces examples, Columbia University.
- How-to Documentation: