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Wiki

Overview

A wiki is a website that is created and edited collaboratively. Users can change, delete, update, and build on the thoughts and ideas of others. It's a communal tool...and for people new to the idea, the concept of anyone being able to update and change the text of a site seems chaotic. Yet, for some reason, it works very well. Complex projects (see Wikipedia - an encyclopedia done with a wiki) have proven the value of this tool. Whereas blogs are often individual/private effort...wikis are their more open/public cousin.

Blogs and wikis are tools that compliment each other. Whereas blogs are more like personal journals, wikis represent the busy, chaotic, lively discussion that is experienced in a regular classrooms. Learners build on an extend each other's ideas...creating community-owned ideas and beliefs.


Resources

What is a Wiki?
"A Wiki is a collaboratively-edited website which many people also view as an anarchistic publishing tool. The distinguishing feature of wikis is that they typically allow all users to edit any page, with full freedom to edit/change/delete the work of previous authors."

Blogs and Wikis
Excellent site. See also blog and wiki comparisons.

Wiki Design Principles
List of principles to direct wiki creation/usage.

Jim McGee on Wiki's:
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
An Excellent overview of wikis.

Blogs, RSS, Wikis
Extensive listing of related resources.

Wiki Definition
"Wiki is a piece of server software that allows users to freely create and edit Web page content using any Web browser. Wiki supports hyperlinks and has a simple text syntax for creating new pages and crosslinks between internal pages on the fly."

   

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