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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?
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
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:
Teachers and educational researchers, can use wikis to… Create an interactive website devoted to a professional topic. Provide support to teach an individual class.
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. WikiMatrix http://www.wikimatrix.org)
PBWorks The application PBWorkswas chosen for the course EDU 5230 http://pbworks.com/
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.
Customize your Account In the “My account” section, go into settings and customize your profile by adding a picture.
Join your class Wiki Wikis were created for Prof. Barlosky’s course Leadership in Educational Organizations (EDU 5230) http://edu5230.pbworks.com Sign in to your account, go to wiki site and send a request to join to the site administrator.
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.
PBWorksTools The wiki’s main collaborative area is set up like a simple WYSIWYG word processor.
PBWorksTools The “Editor” menu includes options to include the various elements of your text (images, links, widgets etc.)
Wiki Questions For assistance setting up and using your wiki account, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Exercise 1: Create your account Create your account on PBWorks and request to join wiki. http://pbworks.com
Exercise 2: Working with text Write a post on your case study page using the wiki editor. Experiment with the various text options.