Instructional Technologies in Education

Wikis

What are they?

Wikis are Web pages that can be viewed and modified by anyone with a Web browser and Internet access. Even though this means that any visitor can change the web page "on the fly," wikis are surprisingly robust.

Other typical characteristics of a wiki include the following:

  • Allows users to interact with the familiar interface of a web page
  • Permits asynchronous communication and group collaboration
  • Users can have both author and editor privileges
  • Typically a "history" feature allows them to return to a previously-saved state when needed, and to view the evolution of thought processes as students interact with the site
  • Users can incorporate multimedia, making them an easy method for gathering, sharing, and presenting student work

See also: 7 things you should know about...Wikis (PDF) and Wikipedia's Wiki page

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Where is there help?