Tips for Using Wikis
- Plan: Prepare your activities well in advance.
- Practice: Allow students to use the wiki in a test area.
- Participate: Join your students in creating, revising and discussing pages.
- Writing: biographies; news; essays; narratives; poems; scripts
- Definitions: class glossaries; vocabulary words; encyclopedia articles
- Group work: projects; discussions; note taking
- Q and A: Students answer each others questions; the instructor answers student questions; students answer instructor questions; involve a public audience or experts.
- Track page history and view each edit consecutively.
- View all the edits an individual has made.
- Check for substance of content--encourage proper citation of sources
- Quality: Encourage high level grammar and spelling.
- Progress Benchmarks: Encourage timelines and deadlines.
- Participation: Encourage students to adopt roles.
Educause 7 things to know about wikis (PDF) Includes: What is it?; Who's doing It?; How does it work?; Why is it significant?; What are the downsides?; Where is it going?; What are the implications for teaching and learning?
Common Craft - Wikis in plain english (video) A short video that demonstrates how a wiki might be used to create a supplies list for a camping trip.
Examples of Wikis in Higher Ed
- Dickinson College: http://wiki.dickinson.edu/index.php?title=Main_Page