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What is a wiki and how are they used in an educational setting.

What is a wiki and how are they used in an educational setting.

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  • 1. Wikis In 30 Minutes or Less
  • 2. Recent Headlines MIT Launches Center for Collective (Wiki) Intelligence Stanford Debuts Wiki of All Things Stanford Campus Technology News Update 10/10/06
  • 3. What is a Wiki?
    • A Wiki is a server-based collaborative tool that allows any authorized user to edit Web pages and create new ones using nothing more than a Web browser and a text entry form on a Web page.
    • WikiWikiWebs: News Ways to Communicate in a Web Environment
    • Information Technology and Libraries, March 2006
  • 4. What is a Wiki?
    • server-based
    • collaborative (with limits)
    • Web environment
    • no programming skills
    • create, organize, and maintain
    • Web site of automatically linked pages
    • WikiWikiWebs: News Ways to Communicate in a Web Environment
    • Information Technology and Libraries, March 2006
  • 5.  
  • 6. Wikipedia
    • Launched 1/15/2001
    • 5 million articles
    • 1,425,949 in the English-language version
    • 229 language editions of Wikipedia , sixteen of which have more than 50,000 articles each.
    • Wikipedia 10/10/06
  • 7. Criticism of Wikipedia
    • Questions of reliability and accuracy
    • Susceptibility to vandalism
    • Uneven quality and inconsistency
    • Systemic bias
    • Anonymous entries
    • Wikipedia 10/10/06
  • 8. Criticism of Wikipedia
    • Preference for consensus over credentials
    • Unconfirmed and questionable information
    • Lacking proper source citations
    • Small number of contributors
    • Wikipedia 10/10/06
  • 9. Wikipedia—Article Standards
    • Neutral point of view
    • Verifiable information only
    • No original research
    • Citing sources
    • Biographies of living persons
  • 10. Wikipedia—Working with People
    • Assume good faith
    • Civility and etiquette
    • No personal attacks
    • Resolving disputes
  • 11. Citizendium
    • New competitor
    • Created by founder of Wikipedia
    • Editorial control by experts/scholars
    • Invited contributors
    • No anonymous entries
    • http://citizendium.org/
  • 12. When to Wiki
    • An easy way to create a website
    • Allow users to update materials
    • Collaborative class project
    • Glossary/dictionary of terms
    • Project teams sharing info
    • Team members writing one paper
  • 13. Setting Up a Wiki
    • Over 100 engines available for developers
    • 12 Wiki Farms for the rest of us
    We’ll look at one--PBWiki
  • 14.  
  • 15. PBWiki
  • 16.  
  • 17. What Else?
    • Need three people to launch a wiki
      • a midwife to launch it
      • a champion to get them to use it
      • someone to monitor it
  • 18. Being Sucessful
    • Make sure people understand why it makes sense to share
    • Select right target group—will they communicate?
    • Provide technical support/guide new users
    • Encourage accountability
    • Allow users to create their own pages
    • Be flexible
    • From The Shifted Librarian 10/16/06