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  • 1. Using Wikis for Collaborative Writing Projects
    A presentation for the course EDU 5230
    Ann Hemingway
  • 2. In this presentation
    What is a Wiki?
    • Overview
    • 3. Examples
    • 4. Wiki Applications
    Wiki for EDU 5230
    • PBWorks
    • 5. Working with wikis:
    • 6. Creating an account
    • 7. Adding multimedia content
  • What is a Wiki?
    A collaborative website that includes content edited by anyone who has access to it.
    Originally an abbreviation of WikiWikiWeb, software developed by American computer programmer Howard G. Cunningham in 1995.
    ‘Wiki wiki’ is Hawaiian for “quick”
    Wiki.(nd). The American Heritage © Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition. Retrieved August 21, 2009, from website:
  • 8. The Original Wiki Wiki
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  • 9. A wiki is a tool to create an interactive web site.
    A wiki allows work groups to collaborate outside the constraints of time and space. Can’t meet? Post on the Wiki.
    A static wiki is a dead wiki. The strength of a wiki as a collaborative tool resides in the contributions of the participants.
    What is a Wiki?
  • 10. Famous Wikis
    The most famous wiki is ‘Wikipedia’. Its founders believed that all of us together know more than each of us separately.
    They believe that Wikipedia’s perceived weakness is its strength. By allowing change to the content, it creates stronger, more rigorous content.
    Part of the ‘Open Source’ Philosophy
  • 11. A Wiki for Everyone!
    If you can name a collectable, a hobby, a movie, a sport, there is a wiki community devoted to it.
    There are all kinds of wiki communities:
    • Learning and Research
    • 12. Business and professional Development
    • 13. Gaming and Hobbies
  • Teachers and educational researchers, can use wikis to…
    Create an interactive website devoted to a professional topic.
    Provide support to teach an individual class.
  • 14. Wiki Applications
    There are many wiki applications available
    This site allows you to compare wikis side by side based on your specific needs and requirements. The search wizard helps you customize your query and retrieve appropriate applications.
  • 15. PBWorks
    The application PBWorkswas chosen for the course EDU 5230
  • PBWorksAccount
    In order to access your course wiki, you will need to create a PBWorksaccount.
    Use a combination of your name and surname. No anonymous accounts.
    University of Ottawa email addresses preferred.
  • 21. Customize your Account
    In the “My account” section, go into settings and customize your profile by adding a picture.
  • 22. Join your class Wiki
    Wikis were created for Prof. Barlosky’s course Leadership in Educational Organizations (EDU 5230)
    Sign in to your account, go to wiki site and send a request to join to the site administrator.
  • 23. The Wiki Structure
    Your class wiki is organized by case study
    The main page is used to create text, embed links, pictures, videos, etc. These pages can be edited by all members of the group and will serve as the template for your group work. Think of is as your assignment storyboard.
  • 24. PBWorksTools
    The wiki’s main collaborative area is set up like a simple WYSIWYG word processor.
  • 25. PBWorksTools
    The “Editor” menu includes options to include the various elements of your text (images, links, widgets etc.)
  • 26. Wiki Questions
    For assistance setting up and using your wiki account, please contact me at
  • 27. Exercise 1: Create your account
    Create your account on PBWorks and request to join wiki.
  • 28. Exercise 2: Working with text
    Write a post on your case study page using the wiki editor. Experiment with the various text options.
    • Write a title using a heading font
    • 29. Use underline and bold options
    • 30. Change font colour
    • 31. Create a table
    • 32. Create a bullet list
    • 33. Write a comment to the post on your case study page
  • Exercise 3: Linking and Embedding: websites and images
    • Find a website and insert a link to it on your case study page
    • 34. Upload an image to the wiki. Use an image bank such as Getty Images or iStock photo to find it.
    • 35. Embed the image you uploaded in your case study page.
    • 36. Search and and select a strip from the Dilbert Cartoon website (
    • 37. Embed the cartoon in your case study page
  • Exercise 4: Linking and Embedding: videos and presentations
    • Using Youtube, search for a video on any topic.
    • 38. Embed the video in your cases study page
    • 39. Using powerpoint, create a two or three slide presentation and save it on desktop.
    • 40. Create a slideshare account (
    • 41. Upload the powerpoint presentation to the SlideShare site
    • 42. Embed the presentation in your case study page.