A wiki...is an application, typically a web application, which allows collaborative modification, extension, or deletion of its content and strucutre...While a wiki is a type of content management system, it differs from a blog or most other such systems in that the content is created without any defined owner or leader, and wikis have little implicite structure, allowing structure to emerge according to the needs of the users (Wikipedia).
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 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)
Wikis such as Wikipedia are commonly used by students and the public to research topics of interest.
- Wikis can be created in Blackboard for an entire class or groups of students
- If you are interested in creating your own wiki outside of Blackboard, 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.
Create a Wiki in your class using Blackboard. Other Wikis are avaialble on the Internet, but you will typically need to create an account to contribute to them.