Introduction to Wikis

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Presentation give to DACAA, MACAA and PACAA on June 28, 2007 to introduce them and encourage them to use wikis

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  •      Wikis have the potential to change the way extension does business on many fronts. But first, extension agents and specialists need to understand the power, potential and limitations of wikis and how to use them.  e-Xtension is betting on it.  They’re building wiki like functionality into every application under development.  This session will show how to contribute to a wiki by creating and editing pages.  We'll also discuss how (and why) extension can use wikis, both our own and others like wikipedia, to pursue the mission of extension.
  • Introduction to Wikis

    1. 1. What is a Wiki? (and why would extension agents want to use one?) John Dorner [email_address]
    2. 2. What is a wiki? <ul><li>A website that allows anyone* to add, remove or edit content </li></ul><ul><li>A community on a shoestring </li></ul><ul><li>A collaborative tool </li></ul><ul><li>Totally open </li></ul><ul><li>Flexible. </li></ul>
    3. 3. What is a wiki? <ul><li>Simple </li></ul><ul><li>Quick </li></ul><ul><li>Document based </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Not message based </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The sum of its contributors. </li></ul><ul><li>Democratic </li></ul>
    4. 4. Popular Wikis <ul><li>Wikipedia </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;Imagine a world in which every single </li></ul><ul><li>person is given free access to the sum </li></ul><ul><li>of all human knowledge. That’s what we’re doing.” </li></ul><ul><li>WikiHow </li></ul><ul><li>“ The How-to Manual That Anyone Can </li></ul><ul><li>Write or Edit” </li></ul>
    5. 5. Why do wikis work? <ul><li>Fast and easy to use </li></ul><ul><li>Open and Transparent </li></ul><ul><li>Scales (2 to millions) </li></ul><ul><li>Compromise and Consensus </li></ul><ul><li>Collaborative </li></ul><ul><li>Community </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Jon Udell – Heavy Metal Umlaut - ö </li></ul></ul>
    6. 6. What makes a crowd smart? <ul><li>Diversity </li></ul><ul><li>Decentralized </li></ul><ul><li>Independent </li></ul><ul><li>Develop a collective verdict. </li></ul>
    7. 7. Why don’t wikis work? <ul><li>Organizational Culture </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of ‘control’ </li></ul><ul><li>“ We are the experts” mindset </li></ul><ul><li>Openness </li></ul><ul><li>New technology </li></ul><ul><li>Small community </li></ul>
    8. 8. The “Wiki Way” <ul><li>If it “ain’t right” fix it! </li></ul><ul><li>There is no ultimate authority </li></ul><ul><li>Work to develop consensus </li></ul><ul><li>Think before you write </li></ul><ul><li>Respect diversity of ideas. </li></ul>
    9. 9. Why Wiki? <ul><li>E-mail for groups </li></ul><ul><li>Great for Collaborating </li></ul><ul><li>Nothing is ever lost! </li></ul><ul><li>Being open. </li></ul>
    10. 10. Potential uses - internally <ul><li>Event planning </li></ul><ul><li>Collaborative writing </li></ul><ul><li>Develop a class or presentation </li></ul><ul><li>Documentation </li></ul><ul><li>Agent training </li></ul><ul><li>eXtension </li></ul>
    11. 11. <ul><li>Leader Training </li></ul><ul><li>Wikipedia.org </li></ul><ul><li>WikiHow.com </li></ul>Potential uses - externally
    12. 12. Some common wikis
    13. 13. Editing content <ul><li>Different wikis use different tags </li></ul><ul><li>Look at content in other pages </li></ul><ul><li>Use the online ‘Help’! </li></ul>
    14. 14. Starting a new page <ul><li>Create a link - then click on it </li></ul><ul><li>Edit an existing page’s URL </li></ul><ul><ul><li>go to a page that doesn’t exist. </li></ul></ul>
    15. 22. Questions? <ul><li>John Dorner </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>

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