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What is a Wiki?

A 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).



Why do I want a Wiki?

  • 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 at USD

Wikis such as Wikipedia are commonly used by students and the public to research topics of interest.

Note: Most academic institutions do not consider Wikis authenticated sources for academic research purposes and USD does not currently support a university-wide Wiki.

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How do I get a 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.

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