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Introduction to WIKIS


To be able to use a wiki for communication and collaboration


By the end of this workshop you will be able to:
  • Add content to a wiki:
    • Add pages
    • Edit pages
    • Format text
    • Add images
    • Create links to other pages
  • Navigate through wiki pages
  • Describe the main features and characteristics of wikis
  • Give some examples of how they are being used in education

What is a WIKI ?

"A wiki is a collaborative website which can be directly edited by anyone with access to it. Ward Cunningham, developer of the first wiki WikiWikiWeb, originally described it as "the simplest online database that could possibly work".

One of the best-known wikis is Wikipedia.
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What it is:

  • Web tool invented by Ward Cunningham in 1994 that allows anyone to add content and anyone to edit it, allowing several people to write, edit, delete and rewrite content on the same page
  • Wiki means "quick" in Hawaiian
  • Good for collaborative projects - subject knowledge sharing, administrative collaboration, course based teaching and learning
  • Intended to be simple so you can focus on the writing, not the technical mechanics and syntax
  • No HTML know-how required

What it isn't:

  • Wiki is not like email: You may write things, but in a wiki your words don't belong just to you or even stay where you put them.
  • Wiki is not like a discussion board: It is not about everyone speaking in turn.
  • Wiki is not like a blog: Your point of view matters, but mostly as food for thought.
  • You can't mess it up: Any pages can be fixed so be brave and relax.

Wikis V blogs

Group voice
Individual voice - more personal in tone
Unstructured, organic
Default is by date, reverse chronological
Anyone edits (depending on your admin rights)
Anyone comments
Fluid medium: change any time
Post medium like email (comment, reply, comment, ...)
Better management: versions, rollback and change log, syndicate changes
Edits aren't tracked usually, new items are syndicated
Less familiar
More familiar
*From Introduction to Wikis

Some Videos to help introduce you to Wikis.