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Session 2: Wikis

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What's a Wiki? Watch this Commoncraft video to find out!


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This sounds so cool! How do I get one? Well, here's what to do:

  1. Go to http://pbwiki.com *
  2. To set up an account, follow the instructions in this video.
  3. To edit your FrontPage, follow the instructions in this video.
  4. To change the background color on your wiki, follow the instructions in this video.
  5. As part of this week's workshop, we had everyone add a page to their new wiki entitled "My Web 2*0 Tools" (because PBwiki doesn't like to have "." in the title, we used "2*0" instead of "2.0"). This page allows you the space to record notes, thoughts, resources, and ideas for yourself on how to use any of the Web 2.0 tools that we cover in this series. To add pages, follow the instructions in this video.
  6. To add links to a url or to any other page in your wiki, follow the instructions in this video.
  7. Refer to this Getting Started with PBwiki guide for detailed instructions.


* There are dozens of wikis available that you could use -- see "Wondering Which Wiki" -- but we have chosen PBwiki for ease-of-use and easy integration of other Web 2.0 tools. For details on what you get with the BASIC (free!!) version of an academic PBwiki, see PBwiki's "Academic Pricing."



Ideas from the workshop participants on using Wikis:  

  • Alternative to Blackboard or ePort.

  • Keep the critical information for the class.

  • Faculty Development, ex. CGCC One Book ideas.

  • Display classroom related content, ex. videos, links, images

  • Discussion more user-friendly; students able to add media easily to discussions.

  • Faculty Professional Learning Communities, such as

    • Brain Research

    • Active Learning

  • Backup for emergency CMS situations.

  • Peer revisions, site for Honors/Student projects.


Want to learn more about wikis and their instructional applications?

Take a look at the Educause "7 Things You Should Know . . . " series**:



** The "7 Things" about any given topic are:

  1. What is it?
  2. Who's doing it?
  3. How does it work?
  4. Why is it significant?
  5. What are the downsides?
  6. Where is it going?
  7. What are the implications for teaching and learning?

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