A wiki is a website where anyone can be allowed to easily contribute or modify content using a WYSIWYG editor or a simplified markup language. Most wikis are created collaboratively, and pages are automatically archived to allow for easy return to a prior state.
Wikipedia is the best-known example of a wiki.
A professor can use a wiki as a course website. Students can use one to create a portfolio or annotate a text. Project groups can work together to create a knowledge base.
Here are some examples:
Wikipedia is a wiki built on the open-source program MediaWiki. There has been a great deal of debate over the wisdom of allowing students to use Wikipedia when conducting research. Students can evaluate the accuracy of an existing Wikipedia article or create a new one.
- Wikispaces – provides free individual wikis for college courses.
- 7 Things You Should Know About Wikis
- 7 Things You Should Know About Wikipedia
- Why wiki? (Atlassian)
- Plain English video overview
- Wikipedia article
- Wikispaces YouTube channel
- Overview workshop handout
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