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How To Use A Wiki For Online Learning
A wiki is like a new term. It’s like the online encyclopedia that’s used for school learning. So how do you turn a working wiki into a practical learning tool? Most people have never seen a wiki. For those who have, they’re interested in the individual wiki tools — rather than the website they’re used on.
There are different types of wikis. A wiki-as-school-engagement-tool is a group of projects created to teach adults a subject. This can be basic: a page filled with facts, a link to interesting articles, a transcript of lectures, or something else.
A wiki-as-study-project can be for a college course. This can be for research or for a research project. It can be a collage of other work completed as a result of the course.
Some wikis are created for instructional purposes. The system creates the site itself, uses a self-service interface, and makes it easy for professors to take notes, research online, and even track a class.
A couple of things you should consider when choosing a wiki for your site.
Use an ongoing guide in place of a login. This enables the site to be read on mobile devices and easier to use while on the go. Besides, it’s better to have one less login number that gets lost or forgotten. If you use a whiteboard or quick input system on your smartphone, you’ll love the fact that you’ll never lose your login credentials. They’re all there in one place.
One exception to this: if your site is a collaboration between you and other people, you may want to use your login for something specific. Usually, though, people will just use the default login instead of having their own.
Make sure you’re working with an open-source software such as any version of Open Street Map (which is one of my current favorites). That way, you won’t have to worry about hackers breaking into the site itself, and you don’t have to worry about any proprietary versions with restrictions that you won’t want to follow.
Choose the right content types. If you’re adding new content, it’s best to look for information you already know you need, such as a related recent article or statement that’s been read by other people.
Select a persona, a creator. If you want a few people to contribute to your wiki, pick a person. Here’s an example of how a project works:
There’s a lot of good content on the internet, but that is only a portion of the lessons out there. Wiki sites like School Wiki offer you the ability to look for the articles you need. This is quite easy to do. It’s also quite easy to get people to contribute.
Project ideas will always be self-sustaining, even if there’s no money at stake. If you know people who are interested in learning something, you may be able to start your wiki project with a group. They may very well want to provide content themselves.
Or you may have someone want to start a series of online courses. You can start the curriculum without the cooperation of all other contributors, because you have some degree of control over the content. If you have someone to take credit for content, they may be interested in marketing it as theirs. This is where a branding system can come in handy.
The final word
Many people prefer free wikis. If you use this kind of technology, the selection and customization you get for free can be a big plus. If you do work with a wiki-as-school-engagement-tool, try to make it work for your school or class.
In the end, if you’re using a wiki as a Webinars or as an instructional tool, feel free to get it set up the way you prefer. Instead of a registration system like a password, make this kind of communication part of the contract.