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A wiki is an on-line tool, which allows a group of users to work collectively to build an online web logs or pages. Where as a blog is moderated by an individual, a wiki allows for a number of users to have equal authority to add, edit, and delete content. Using a wiki for shared project allows co-ownership of the work, communication between authors, organisation, sharing of resources, accessibility, and community.

As an individual, a wiki can be used for reflection, building e-portfolios and websites. Communicating content chosen by you to the virtual world. wikis give flexibility to the author and promotes autonomy.

When using a wiki to build a personal web site, or e-portfolio on-line, an individual can plan the structure of the wiki and uses an online wiki tool, e.g. Pbworks to build the website by adding and organising pages. Users post content to the new pages online. A wiki allows the user to add text pages, images, video etc. and allows the promotion of skills, talents, and work.

Group project: A wiki can act as a private space for a specific group project, so all participants can communicate, share resources (including texts, videos, etc.), and write a report or document collectively.

How Wikis can help you communicate at College

In the past 10 years, wikis and blogs have been increasingly used by instructors to promote communication and enhance the learning experience.1 These new technologies and social networking sites provide an exciting opportunity for collaboration and the building of community in and out of the classroom.2 Using Web 2.0 (blogs and wikis etc.) students can choose the online tools best suited to your goals and content which allows connection and social interaction, Independently of the classroom, students can use Web 2.0 technologies to demonstrate their learning, promote their work, and communicate with classmates and lecturers. These tools also can also be of benefit in terms of motivation and stimulus to produce work regularly and facilitate informal discussion among classmates, and others interested in the subject. The tools facilitate remote communication and are therefore are apt for users who have difficulty in communication. They are easy and simple to use.

To read more about using Web 2.0 tools in learning read the following

McLoughlin,C., Lee, M., Social software and participatory learning: Pedagogical choices with technology affordances in the Web 2.0 era. School of Education (ACT) Australian Catholic University.

Using PBworks to create a Wiki

Last updated 4 April 2013 by Listen, Speak & be Heard (Email).