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Wikis In Your Business Class

  1. 1. Wikis in your Business Class Al Samsa 2009 OBEA Spring Conference April 24, 2009
  2. 2. What is a Wiki? A wiki is a collection of Web pages designed to enable anyone who accesses it to contribute or modify content, using a simplified markup language. - Wikipedia
  3. 3. Why use a Wiki? • Alternative to posters, presentation, powerpoints, etc. • Easy to insert images, videos, graphs, etc. • Great for collaboration • Discussion threads help learning
  4. 4. Wiki Ideas • Class Project  http://globalethics.wetpaint.com/
  5. 5. Wiki Ideas • Class Project  http://internationaldebtcrisis.wikispaces.com/
  6. 6. Wiki Ideas • Course or Class Site  http://btt1o1.wikispaces.com/
  7. 7. Wiki Ideas • Department Site  http://ridgebiz.wetpaint.com/
  8. 8. Wiki Ideas • School Site  http://irhs.wetpaint.com/
  9. 9. Wiki Sites • Wetpaint  Attractive Templates  Discussion threads on each page  Upgrade to no ads if education site  Four levels of membership • Wikispaces  Two level membership  Email to remove ads • PB Wiki
  10. 10. Getting Started • Create a suitable site name • Create a descriptive front page • Allow members to join or invite • Invite or Limit number of discussion questions but promote entries
  11. 11. Adding Content (Wetpaint) • Add new page (add tags, template or blank) • Hint: check level, e.g., under home page • Click
  12. 12. Layouts • Two column great for links
  13. 13. Widgets
  14. 14. YouTube Video or
  15. 15. Page Tools or link to files on another site or webpage
  16. 16. Track Changes
  17. 17. Suggestions • Require Works CitedBibliography in proper format at bottom of every student page  Join bibme.org • Upload PowerPoints to a site, e.g., slideshare.net, then link to embedded ppt in wiki • Identifiable student names, e.g., johnr or • Page name as group name, e.g., planning
  18. 18. Helpful Links • Tips for a successful (Wetpaint) site:  http://www.wetpaintcentral.com/page/Tips+for +A+Successful+Site • Tip of the day archives for Wetpaint  http://www.wetpaintcentral.com/page/Tip+of+t he+Day+Archives • Consider Edu20.org for the whole class experience

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