Intro to Wiki Workshop @ ETC (2pm today)

Using Wiki in Education

In the third installment of my ongoing Web 2.0 series, I’ll be running the “Introduction to Wiki” workshop at ETC today.

I’ll be dissecting the interactive anatomy of Wikipedia, suggesting educational applications of wikis, showing example of cutting edge wikis and rounding off the 2hr session with a hands-on with Wikispaces. After testing numerous wiki farms, here are some reasons why I’m recommending Wikispaces for educators:

  • Public, protected, and private wikis at “”
  • Features WYSIWYG and plain wikitext editing
  • Supported by text ads
  • No limits on number of pages, members, or space
  • Has integrated discussion areas
  • RSS feeds for page changes and messages
  • Backups of Wiki in zip or tgz format
  • Revision management

If you’re interested in this Wiki workshop, you can download the Powerpoint presentation (5mb) or PDF handout (1.7mb). Read more below if you want to get a sequential list of references I used for the presentation.

How Wikis work

Wikispaces educational examples

Wikipedia: Wiki

Wikibooks: How to start a Wiki

Wikipedia: How to Edit a Page

Free Wiki has demos, screenshots, and general info on Wikis.

A Comprehensive Wiki Comparison Engine

Using Wiki in Education

Blogs & Wikis: contributing to the e-dialog
Recordings of an ETC Discussion Forum held on September 28th, 2005, provided by Professor Alex Halavais

Weblogs and collaborative web publishing as learning spaces. Halavais, A. (In press). In J. Weiss, J. Nolan, and P. Trifonas (Eds.), International Handbook of Virtual Learning Environments. Springer.

Communities of practice: Learning, meaning, and identity. Cambridge University Press. Wenger, E. (1998).