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Wikis In The Workplace

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A brief introduction to the merits of using in the workplace.

A brief introduction to the merits of using in the workplace.

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  • 1. Using Wikis for Learning and Development By Susan Cline
  • 2. What’s a Wiki?
    • A wiki is a website that be easily edited by multiple authors
    • “ Wiki Wiki” means “quick” in Hawaiian
    • Invented in 1995 by Ward Cunningham
  • 3. Wikis vs. Standard Sites Considered Finished Always in Process Individual Communal, Collaborative Limited authorship Multiple authorship Higher Security Low Security Harder to create new pages Easy to create new pages Earlier versions not automatically stored Earlier versions stored online Conventional HTML Simple Text Formatting Language Limited Editing Open Editing Standard Site Wikis
  • 4. Why are wikis good?
    • Shared open space for:
      • Building knowledge bases
      • Brainstorming
      • Lists, particularly lists of links
      • Meeting planning, notes and review
    • Simple and easy to use
    • Structure and development is determined by the users
  • 5. Special Features of a Wiki
    • “Edit This Page” button
    • History Section
    • Simple Text Based Formatting Language
    • Discussion Section
    • “Special Pages”
  • 6. Wikipedia – The King of All Wikis
    • An online encyclopedia with over 7.9 million articles in over 200 languages.
    • Studies have show it’s more accurate than Encyclopedia Britanica
  • 7. How comes it doesn’t get all messed up?
    • Community based security is usually effective
    • Some content can be protected
    • Self organized structures have benefits
  • 8. Learning Theories Applicable to Wikis
    • Collaborative Learning
    • Communities of Practice
    • Constructivism
  • 9. How Can Wikis be Used for Training and Knowledge Management
    • Collaboratively written training manual
    • Collaboratively written intranet/resource center
    • Group journal/blog
    • Organizing conferences and training events.
    • Peer Editing Tool (Google Documents)
  • 10. Wikis for the Enterprise (Confluence)
    • GPC Biotech Confluence became the default knowledge base and a collaborative platform
      • Records and reviews preliminary experimental results in the wiki
      • Fine-grained permissioning schemes allow for collaboration between teams
    • University of California Berkeley Research Projects
      • Uses for research in the Technology Enhanced Learning in Science (TELS) Center
      • Uses for writing academic papers
      • Supports collaboration across disparate institutions and departments
  • 11. Free Wikis
    • PB Wiki
    • Wet Paint
    • MediaWiki