What is a Wiki?
""Wiki" (pronounced [ˈwiki] or [ˈviki]) is a Hawaiian word for "fast". A wiki is a website that allows the easy creation and editing of any number of interlinked Web pages, using a simplified markup language or a WYSIWYG text editor, within the browser. Wikis are typically powered by wiki software. Wikis are often used to create collaborative websites, to power community websites, for personal note taking, in corporate intranets, and in knowledge management systems.
Wikis at USD
Wikis such as Wikipedia are commonly used by students and the public to research topics of interest. The easy electronic accessibility and the generally current state of the information drives much of their popularity.
- Wikis are commonly used on college campuses as knowledge bases and collaborative spaces. A few examples follow:
- NursingWiki – a multilingual wiki-project for health care and nursing
- Higher Ed Use Wiki – a site devoted to the use of wikis in higher education
- Drexel Learning Management System – An example of a wiki used as a learning management system
- Orissa Pharmacy Student Assn – A collaboration wiki for students
- Wikis have been used in higher education to foster collaborative research among students: http://natureamericanvalues.wetpaint.com/
- Companies that cater to groups within higher education may post their own wikis: http://wiki.lexisnexis.com/academic/index.php?title=Main_Page
- This is an example of using a wiki to generate research: http://horizonproject2008.wikispaces.com/About+Us
- RomanticAudienceProject This site is a collaborative study of romanticism authored by students enrolled in English 242, Spring 2003, taught by Mark Phillipson at Bowdoin College. http://ssad.bowdoin.edu:8668/space/snipsnap-index
- Teaching Wiki - Teaching Wiki aspires to be a community for college-level faculty, particularly faculty teaching rhetoric and composition. http://teachingwiki.org/default.aspx/TeachingWiki/MyHomePage.html
- Great Controversies in Neurobiology - Course Wiki including students’ final projects
The above examples of higher academic use of wikis and much more can be found here within this pdf download entitled: Wikis in Higher Education: Pros, Cons, and How-Tos: http://aitl.uc.edu/decemberinstitute/documents/Wikis.pdf#2
Wikis at USD
- An example of a developing wiki at USD can be found here with a wiki devoted to Educational Technology
- If you are interested in creating your own wiki, consider the following free sites: Wetpaint, Wikispaces or wikidot
- Create an account on Wikipedia to edit content in an area of your expertise
Note: Most academic institutions do not consider Wikis authenticated sources for academic research purposes and USD does not currently support a university-wide Wiki.
Why do I want it?
Wikis allow you to …
- Easily find current information on almost any topic and in a variety of languages.
- Share your expertise on a subject and instantly view the updated information.
- Can't find a useful wiki covering a particular topic? Create one yourself using one of several free online wiki publishers
- Create a wiki as a collaboration space for a defined group (a project team or special interest group).
How do I get it?
Searching a wiki is easy. Simply enter the search term and search. To contribute or edit a page, you'll typically need to create an account. For example, on Wikipedia, go to the Web site: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page, click on create account in the upper right corner of the screen and follow the steps necessary to create a free account.
If you are interested in creating your own wiki, consider the following free sites: Wetpaint or wikidot
How Do I get Help or Information?
Access a Wetpaint account signup tutorial
Click on Wetpaint to activate an account
Click here to make updates to a Wetpaint "wiki" page on Technology