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Wikis

  1. 1. Introduction to Wikis<br />
  2. 2. What is a wiki?<br />A wiki is a web site that allows a community of users to create and edit content, often without the need for registration.<br />
  3. 3. Wikis in Plain English<br />
  4. 4. Features of wikis<br />A website that can be quickly and collaboratively edited<br />Content can be added, modified or corrected by its readers <br />Used to communicate or collaborate with students and create detailed information resources<br />Students may check facts for accuracy and be given ownership over certain topics<br />Can be set up to allow only authorized users to have editing rites<br />Vandalism is possible, but corrections can be made with a history function<br />
  5. 5. More features of wikis<br />Words and phrases may be extensively linked to other pages within or beyond the wiki<br />Users may tag wikis in order to classify and subject matter<br />Wikis may be completely open to users updating and reading them, or they may be restricted to a certain community with privileges to update the wiki<br />
  6. 6. How can I use wikis for teaching?<br />“Researchers have consistently documented the value of publishing students' collaborative writing in terms of increased motivation, positive attitudes, and greater achievement.”<br />Ajjan, H., & Hartshorne, R. {2008). Investigating faculty decisions to adopt Web 2.0 technologies: Theory and empirical tests. Internet and Higher Education, 11(2), 71-80. As qtd in Caverly, David C., and Anne Ward. "Techtalk: Wikis and Collaborative Knowledge Construction." Journal of Developmental Education 32.2 (2008): 36-37. Academic Search Premier. EBSCO. Web. 18 Mar. 2011.<br />
  7. 7. Some advantages of wikis<br />Faceless participation<br />Fosters on-track discussions and brings in the more contemplative student<br />Preserves insightful and interesting class discussions<br />Wikis (and blogs) give everyone a soap box. You know longer have to feel frustrated about an inability to voice your opinion or influence your profession. Everyone can contribute to a larger cause <br />
  8. 8. “If our goal is to truly engage students, then their<br />minds must not be silent. They need opportunities for sharing. Online communication tools are one answer to an ancient problem, getting them all to think deeply.”<br />"From Socrates to Wikis." Phi Delta Kappan 92.4 (2010): 24-27. Academic Search Premier. EBSCO. Web. 17 Mar. 2011.<br />
  9. 9. Some popular wiki sites<br />wikispaces.com<br />pbworks.com<br />pikiwiki.com<br />wikidot.com<br />netcipia.com <br />zoho.com <br />An office-like productivity suite + wiki<br />sites.google.com<br />

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