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Wikis Towson OTS
Wikis Towson OTS
Wikis Towson OTS
Wikis Towson OTS
Wikis Towson OTS
Wikis Towson OTS
Wikis Towson OTS
Wikis Towson OTS
Wikis Towson OTS
Wikis Towson OTS
Wikis Towson OTS
Wikis Towson OTS
Wikis Towson OTS
Wikis Towson OTS
Wikis Towson OTS
Wikis Towson OTS
Wikis Towson OTS
Wikis Towson OTS
Wikis Towson OTS
Wikis Towson OTS
Wikis Towson OTS
Wikis Towson OTS
Wikis Towson OTS
Wikis Towson OTS
Wikis Towson OTS
Wikis Towson OTS
Wikis Towson OTS
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  • 2. Agenda
    • Introductions
    • What’s a wiki?
    • Wiki in the classroom
      • Lots of examples
      • Some problems to watch out for
    • Wikis outside of the classroom
      • Lots of examples
    • Things to consider
      • Which wiki software?
    • Hands on with WetPaint wikis
  • 3. Introductions
    • Carissa Tomlinson, MLIS
    • Emerging Technologies Librarian
    • Liaison to Gerontology, Nursing,
    • Health Sciences and Cultural Studies
    • Who are you?
  • 4. What is a Wiki?
    • A type of website that allows for easy editing, by one or more people.
      • Wikipedia is an example
      • Generally the administrator gets to decide who has permission to do anything to the wiki.
      • Can be created collaboratively or edited collaboratively, but does not have to be collaborative.
    • Hawaiian for quick
      • Also easy !
      • Usually no need to know HTML or FTP programs
  • 5. Wiki Basics
    • Wikis start off as a single blank page
    • Pages are created and connected by hyperlinks like web pages
    • Determine who can edit the wiki easily
    • Discussion areas generally included on each page
    • Depending on wiki- WYSIWYG or wiki editing (easy, but different than HTML)
    • Generally requires much less technology know-how.
  • 6. Great tool for many different classroom needs
    • Class wiki
      • Post links to assignments, exercises, announcements, etc- similar to using Blackboard.
      • Easily integrate multimedia
        • Video
        • Photos
        • RSS feeds from relevant journals, blogs, news sources
        • Class calendar
      • Make it interactive
        • Chat widget could be used for online office hours
        • Post reading questions- require students to answer in the comments of the wiki (students can then learn from one another)
        • Make a poll or a quiz that students can answer directly on the wiki
  • 7. Class wiki examples
    • East Carolina University -English 1200
    • West Point-PE 350
  • 8. Class wiki examples at Towson
    • Marty Roberge -Department of Geography
      • GEOG 672 -
    • Sarah Lohnes- Instructional Technology
      • ISTC 541-
  • 9. Student Group Project Wiki
      • Keep all work in one spot- don’t worry about exchanging emails
      • Keep research/bibliographic information in one spot
      • Share a project calendar
      • Brainstorming area – especially useful for web based classes or classes without much group time
      • Document tracking makes it easy to write a rough draft and turn it into the final
      • Keep all contact info accessible online
  • 10. Student Group Project Wiki
    • Cheryl Wood - Department of Educational Technology
      • ISTC 201 -
      • ISTC 702 -  
  • 11. Assignment/Exam Preparation Wiki
    • Focus your wiki on the major assignment or exam
      • Assignment/exam information/instructions
      • Multimedia options
      • A place for students to ask questions to you and their peers
    • Concordia Engineers
  • 12. Resource Collections
    • Put together a wiki with links, videos, photos, etc on a topic relevant to class.
    • Could possibly be created by student(s) for a group project similar to a annotated bibliography
  • 13. Wikis in the Classroom
    • Difficulties mentioned by Dr. Roberge
      • “ students having technological difficulties”
      • “ students not 'trusting the process': they worry that their contributions won't be noticed by me, and their wiki work won't be recognized. Even though I can quickly call up a screen showing what everyone has written and edited.”
      • “ students worrying that their work will be erased, or that if they edit someone else's work, that person will get angry.”
      • “ students feeling directionless because the wiki has no inherent structure”
  • 14. Outside the Classroom
    • Library services
    • Staff training
    • Committee work
    • Curriculum development
    • University initiatives
    • Outreach
  • 15. Library Subject Guides
  • 16. Faculty/ Staff Collaboration
  • 17. Staff training
  • 18. Staff training
  • 19. Outreach at Towson
    • Focus the Nation at Towson University
    • STEM Celebration and Expo
  • 20. Wikis in k-12
    • Examples of how wikis are used in a k-12 environment can be found here:
    • Teacher peer wikis
    • Teacher/ parent community
    • Group projects
    • Classroom wikis
    • Resource collections
  • 21. Wikis for education?
    • Allows for active learning through the interactive capabilities between students and/or students and teacher
    • Easy to use technology – easy way to get something on the web.
    • “ Classroom” available anytime from anywhere
    • Useful not only in the class room but for staff projects, training, committees, outreach and numerous other ways
  • 22. Wikis- Things to Consider
    • Wikis need to be carefully constructed
      • Plan an outline
      • What is the purpose?
      • Make sure that it is easy to navigate
      • Decide what features are important
      • Decide who has access to what sections
    • Wikis can be either hosted on the library or university server or can be hosted by “wiki farms” online.
  • 23. Things to Consider- In-House Server Wikis
    • Pros
    • Much more control over content
    • Can be easier to manipulate for specific purposes
      • Design
      • Access / Security
    • No ads
    • Cons
    • Requires server access
    • Implementation requires additional technological expertise
    • Does not always use easy WSYWIG editing
  • 24. Things to Consider- Web Hosted Wiki
    • Pros
    • Requires little technological knowledge
    • WYSIWYG (easy to edit by all staff/ students)
    • No server access required
    • Many do not have ads if wiki is used for educational purposes
    • Cons
    • No control of what happens to the content (wiki farm shuts down, wiki could be gone forever)
    • Not always as flexible
    • Additional flexibility can cost $$
  • 25. Wiki Software
    • Server Based
    • Mediawiki
    • PmWiki
    • Twiki
    • MoinMoin
    • XWiki
    • Web Based
    • WetPaint
    • PBWiki
    • SeedWiki
    • Wikispaces
    • Zoho Wikis
    Wiki Matrix: Wikipedia:
  • 26. WetPaint Wikis –
    • Easy to create and update pages
    • Use your own logo
    • Use your own domain
    • Variety of permissions settings- possible to assign roles to each user/ creator
    • Ability to back up wiki by exporting content to html document
    • Easy to navigate design
    • Ads will be removed when wikis are used for educational purposes –
  • 27. WetPaint Wikis –
    • Fun and useful things you can easily add to a Wetpaint wiki
      • RSS feed of a relevant search from a database
      • YouTube video
      • Video file
      • Meebo chat widget to make online office hours easier
      • Photos
      • Music/ Audio
      • Files (pdf, doc, ppt, etc.)
      • Poll or survey
      • Calendar
  • 28. WetPaint Wikis –
    • Need help building your site?
    • Want examples of wikis in education?
  • 29. Additional Resources
    • Brad Hemminger Cradle Talk: WIKIs in Education
    • Intro to Class Wikis with Wikispaces
    • Creating a Classroom Wiki using Wetpaint
      • Creating a wiki in Wetpaint
      • Basic Editing of Wetpaint wikis
      • Getting ads removed from Wetpaint wikis
  • 30. Additional Resources
    • Carissa Tomlinson
    • Emerging Technologies Librarian
    • 410-704-3359
    • [email_address]
    • Marty Roberge
    • Geography
    • 410-704-5011
    • [email_address]
    • Cheryl Wood
    • Educational Technology
    • 410-704-2687
    • [email_address]
    • Sarah Lohnes
    • Instructional Technology
    • 410-704-2545
    • [email_address]