The word Wiki comes from the hawaiian term “wiki-wiki” which can be translated as very quick. Honolulu International Airport is the home of the Wiki-Wiki Express, seen in this picture. Until recently, most passengers took this bus service to get between gate areas. However, the service may no longer be the fastest way as many passengers are now choosing their feet instead of the bus and traveling through an air conditioned walkway.
You’ll see an old style wiki, where students in the class would collaborate by possibly having different color chalk and writing their ideas on a board. Wiki is a visual version of the same type of collaboration and document creation but by using an electronic tool on the Internet. A wiki is simply a collaborative website where all participants have equal ability to make changes to content. A good wiki is easy to use, so participants can be productive right away. An important feature of a wiki is a history of who has done what work in the wiki. Another important feature is the ability to be able to revert back to any previous versions of a wiki in order to correct a mistake or maybe go in a different direction.
Of course one of the most well-known wikis may be Wikipedia. Although it gets a deservedly bad wrap as a primary source for writing a paper, many educators encourage their students to start with Wikipedia when researching a topic. It can be a good place to find keywords for searching and links to more credible sources.
Building Engaging Learning Environments Creating & Using Course Wikis Presentation by Jason Rhode, Ph.D. | email@example.com | www.niu.edu/~jrhode