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Wikis EDU5230

  1. 1. Using Wikis for Collaborative Writing Projects<br />A presentation for the course EDU 5230<br />Ann Hemingway<br />
  2. 2. In this presentation<br />What is a Wiki?<br /><ul><li> Overview
  3. 3. Examples
  4. 4. Wiki Applications</li></ul>Wiki for EDU 5230<br /><ul><li>PBWorks
  5. 5. Working with wikis:
  6. 6. Creating an account
  7. 7. Adding multimedia content</li></li></ul><li>What is a Wiki?<br />A collaborative website that includes content edited by anyone who has access to it.<br />Originally an abbreviation of WikiWikiWeb, software developed by American computer programmer Howard G. Cunningham in 1995.<br />‘Wiki wiki’ is Hawaiian for “quick”<br />Wiki.(nd). The American Heritage © Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition. Retrieved August 21, 2009, from website:<br />
  8. 8. The Original Wiki Wiki<br />Photo found at (source unknown)<br />
  9. 9. A wiki is a tool to create an interactive web site. <br />A wiki allows work groups to collaborate outside the constraints of time and space. Can’t meet? Post on the Wiki.<br />A static wiki is a dead wiki. The strength of a wiki as a collaborative tool resides in the contributions of the participants. <br />What is a Wiki?<br />
  10. 10. Famous Wikis<br />The most famous wiki is ‘Wikipedia’. Its founders believed that all of us together know more than each of us separately.<br />They believe that Wikipedia’s perceived weakness is its strength. By allowing change to the content, it creates stronger, more rigorous content. <br />Part of the ‘Open Source’ Philosophy<br />
  11. 11. A Wiki for Everyone!<br />If you can name a collectable, a hobby, a movie, a sport, there is a wiki community devoted to it. <br />There are all kinds of wiki communities:<br /><ul><li>Learning and Research
  12. 12. Business and professional Development
  13. 13. Gaming and Hobbies</li></li></ul><li>Teachers and educational researchers, can use wikis to…<br />Create an interactive website devoted to a professional topic.<br />Provide support to teach an individual class.<br />
  14. 14. Wiki Applications<br />There are many wiki applications available<br />This site allows you to compare wikis side by side based on your specific needs and requirements. The search wizard helps you customize your query and retrieve appropriate applications.<br />WikiMatrix<br /><br />
  15. 15. PBWorks<br />The application PBWorkswas chosen for the course EDU 5230<br /><br /><ul><li>Used in schools and universities
  16. 16. Customizable interface
  17. 17. WYSIWYG Editor
  18. 18. Image and File Uploads
  19. 19. Links
  20. 20. Free</li></li></ul><li>PBWorksAccount<br />In order to access your course wiki, you will need to create a PBWorksaccount.<br />Use a combination of your name and surname. No anonymous accounts.<br />University of Ottawa email addresses preferred.<br />
  21. 21. Customize your Account<br />In the “My account” section, go into settings and customize your profile by adding a picture.<br />
  22. 22. Join your class Wiki<br />Wikis were created for Prof. Barlosky’s course Leadership in Educational Organizations (EDU 5230)<br /><br />Sign in to your account, go to wiki site and send a request to join to the site administrator.<br />
  23. 23. The Wiki Structure<br />Your class wiki is organized by case study<br />The main page is used to create text, embed links, pictures, videos, etc. These pages can be edited by all members of the group and will serve as the template for your group work. Think of is as your assignment storyboard.<br />
  24. 24. PBWorksTools<br />The wiki’s main collaborative area is set up like a simple WYSIWYG word processor. <br />
  25. 25. PBWorksTools<br />The “Editor” menu includes options to include the various elements of your text (images, links, widgets etc.) <br />
  26. 26. Wiki Questions<br />For assistance setting up and using your wiki account, please contact me at<br />
  27. 27. Exercise 1: Create your account<br />Create your account on PBWorks and request to join wiki.<br /><br />
  28. 28. Exercise 2: Working with text<br />Write a post on your case study page using the wiki editor. Experiment with the various text options. <br /><ul><li>Write a title using a heading font
  29. 29. Use underline and bold options
  30. 30. Change font colour
  31. 31. Create a table
  32. 32. Create a bullet list
  33. 33. Write a comment to the post on your case study page</li></li></ul><li>Exercise 3: Linking and Embedding: websites and images<br /><ul><li>Find a website and insert a link to it on your case study page
  34. 34. Upload an image to the wiki. Use an image bank such as Getty Images or iStock photo to find it.
  35. 35. Embed the image you uploaded in your case study page.
  36. 36. Search and and select a strip from the Dilbert Cartoon website (
  37. 37. Embed the cartoon in your case study page</li></li></ul><li>Exercise 4: Linking and Embedding: videos and presentations<br /><ul><li>Using Youtube, search for a video on any topic.
  38. 38. Embed the video in your cases study page
  39. 39. Using powerpoint, create a two or three slide presentation and save it on desktop.
  40. 40. Create a slideshare account (
  41. 41. Upload the powerpoint presentation to the SlideShare site
  42. 42. Embed the presentation in your case study page.</li>