Using Wikis In An Anthropology Class


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Presented at 2009 SACC Conference in Tucson to demonstrate how a wiki can be set up for students to collaborate on projects in an anthropology class.

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Using Wikis In An Anthropology Class

  1. 1. USING A WIKI TO COLLABORATE WITH OTHERS In an Anthropology Class
  2. 2. Agenda <ul><li>What a wiki is </li></ul><ul><ul><li>And what a wiki isn’t </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Wiki in the class environment </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Benefits </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Limitations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Examples </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Setting up a wiki </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Choosing an application </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Creating the foundation </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Web 2.0 and Social Networking                                                                                                                     
  4. 4. What a wiki is <ul><li>A website that allows a group of people to create, add, and edit content </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Collaborative </li></ul></ul><ul><li>No programming knowledge is necessary </li></ul><ul><li>First wiki developed was in early 90’s for use by computer programmers to exchange ideas </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Named WikiWikiWeb after the Wiki Wiki Shuttle in Hawaii </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wiki = “quick” in Hawaiian </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. What a wiki isn’t <ul><li>Blog </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Online, reverse-chronological diary </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Generally “one-sided” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Information is “sticky” </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Wiki </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Simple website consisting of hyperlinked pages </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Generally collaborative </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Information is “fluid” </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Wikis are often confused with blogs </li></ul>Both are useful tools, but serve different purposes
  6. 6. Wikis in the class environment
  7. 7. Benefits <ul><li>A flexible tool that is capable of both group and individual work </li></ul><ul><li>Ability to comment extends interactivity </li></ul><ul><li>More “enjoyable” than a discussion board </li></ul>
  8. 8. Limitations <ul><li>Similar issues with any group project </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Difficulty in knowing which students contribute </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Technology learning curve </li></ul>
  9. 9. Examples <ul><li>Cultural Anthropology @ KSU </li></ul><ul><li>Hunter-Gatherer Wiki @ OSU </li></ul>
  10. 10. Setting up a wiki
  11. 11. Factors to consider <ul><li>When choosing a wiki application </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Cost vs. Free </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>$$ = greater customization options and fewer limitations (i.e. page level access) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hosted vs. Server Software </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Fewer limitations when loaded on your server, but requires server space and support </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>WYSIWYG vs. Markup Language </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>“ What You See Is What You Get” has less of a learning curve </li></ul></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Comparing wiki options <ul><li> - compare wiki features </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Free wikis include: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Foundation - Decisions to make <ul><li>What’s the purpose of the wiki? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Determine initial structure </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Who will have access to the wiki? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Read? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Edit? </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. For example <ul><li>Purpose: Group project </li></ul><ul><li>Initial structure: Country pages, assigned to groups, with cultural topics to research </li></ul><ul><li>Access: Wiki will be viewable by anyone, but only students will have “writer” permission allowing them to add and edit content. </li></ul>(See screen shots available at the end of this presentation)
  15. 15. Resources <ul><li>Integrating Wikis in Anthropology Classes (article) </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>PBWiki Educators portal </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Wikis in Education (from WetPaint) </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Examples of educational wikis </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul>
  16. 16. Creating a wiki - Screen Shots
  17. 17. To create your wiki, go to and then click on Academic
  18. 18. Click on Try it Now!
  19. 19. Then select Basic
  20. 20. Fill in the requested information. Once you submit your request, you will receive an email confirmation.
  21. 21. Agree to the terms of service and then go to your wiki
  22. 22. To begin making changes, click on Edit
  23. 23. The toolbox that appears provides standard formatting options
  24. 24. Once you’ve edited the text, click on Save
  25. 25. To add pages to your wiki, click on Create a page
  26. 26. Give your page a title and then click Create page
  27. 27. Add content to the page and then click Save
  28. 28. To create a link to your new page, (1) highlight the text you want to link and then (2) click on the hyperlink button (1) (2)
  29. 29. Select the page you want the link to go to and click Ok
  30. 30. Follow these same steps to create and link to the rest of your wiki’s pages
  31. 31. Click on Page history to see a chronological list of changes made to an individual page
  32. 32. View the previous version by clicking on the time stamp or compare two pages using the radio buttons
  33. 33. If needed, you can revert back to this version of the page or return to the page history
  34. 34. Use the sidebar to add content that you want to appear on all pages – such as links to commonly used websites
  35. 35. You can upload documents and images for use within the wiki by clicking on Upload files…
  36. 36. or using the Insert Links tool while editing a page - and then link to them by clicking on the filename
  37. 37. You can also link to images found on the web
  38. 38. Whether clicking on an uploaded image or using the web link, the image will appear on the page
  39. 39. To change wiki settings, click on Settings
  40. 40. For example, you can add users
  41. 41. Or change your security settings