Academic Instructional Design

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Wikis

Overview

Wikis are websites with 'open-editing' capability that allow users to add, remove, and change content.  In the Hawaiian language, wiki means quick or informal and refers to the flexibility of the tool. One of the most commonly used wikis is Wikipedia—an online, editable encyclopedia.

Why Would I Use a Wiki?

Wikis lend themselves to collaboration. Wikis allow multiple users to dynamically yet asynchronously edit and restructure content. Through versions, readers may track the evolution of these changes. Wikis allow members of a class or part of a class to collaborate on a document. Wiki assignments can be revised multiple times by anyone in a class or group. As a result, the distinctions between author, audience, and evaluator are blurred, allowing students and teachers to approach their work in new ways.

Wikis can be used for:

  • • Collaborative artifact creation
  • • Review activities
  • • Construction of a case library
  • • FAQs
  • • Project spaces
  • • Glossaries
  • • Consensus documents

To Learn More:

Wikis in the Classroom: Three Ways to Increase Student Collaboration

Web 2.0 How-To for Educators

7 Things You Should Know About Wikis

 

                For ideas and best practices to incorporate wikis into your
                courses, contact Alexandra Herb at 484.664.4057 or a.herb@muhlenberg.edu.