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Best Practice: Wikis in Action


Wiki Uses

Wikis can help users build a shared repository of knowledge. As the knowledge base grows over time, you can expect the wiki to have some degree of seriousness and permanence.

With dedicated use, you can use wikis for the following educational purposes:

  • Provide an easy to use environment for communication.
  • Promote collaboration rather than competition.
  • Foster a social and interactive approach to learning.
  • Build partnerships where you can benefit from the strengths of others.
  • Increase network building, trust, and negotiation skills.
  • Provide support and prompt feedback.
  • Provide a one-stop area where information is searched, updated, and accessed easily and quickly.
  • Increase and enhance the possibility of creativity, spontaneity, and innovation through the application of reflective thinking.

You can use wikis as course content or graded assignments, including the following items:

  • A glossary.
  • A white paper.
  • Class summaries and outlines.
  • Connecting student writing to form a book.
  • A resources repository.
  • Lab experiments.
  • Student solutions for scenarios and case studies.
  • A research notebook.
  • Group project presentations