Overview In this tutorial you will: learn what a wiki is see examples of how wikis may be used in e-learning identify the steps for setting up your own wiki.
What is a wiki? A wiki can contain text, images, sound and video. You can also upload files that you have developed in applications like PowerPoint, or Word. You can include links to other sites and RSS feeds. http://del.icio.us/prep4elearning/ wikishttp://del.icio.us/prep4elearning/ wikis - links to articles about wikis and free wiki hosting services A wiki for the Hairdressing industry A wiki is a website. What makes it different is that it’s an online space that lots of people can edit and contribute to.
A teacher or class wiki A teacher may set up a wiki for: course notes and other content activities and assessments weekly schedules and to-do lists or just about anything else a teacher and class can think of! A teacher’s wiki for an Information Technology course
A student’s wiki So a student’s wiki could contain: own or group’s reflection on what has been learned photos of work done videos of them performing a task sound files of them interviewing someone in their industry or just about anything else you can think of! A student’s wiki for a Building and Construction course Students could use wikis for group projects, individual projects, e-portfolios, assessments.
Can anyone edit my wiki? Public – Anyone can view your wiki and edit the contents. They simply click an 'Edit' button and make changes. This is happening successfully on a very large worldwide scale with Wikipedia. Semi-private/Protected – Anyone can view your wiki, but only you can edit the contents. You can also give editing rights to other people you nominate. Private – Only the people who you nominate can view your wiki and edit it - a small fee applies for this, currently $5 US per month. A public wiki – anyone can click the Edit button to edit this wiki A semi-private wiki – only authorised people can edit this wiki It’s up to you. You can set up your wiki in different ways:
Leave a comment You don’t need to edit a wiki to leave feedback. You can leave a comment on a wiki by clicking the Discussion link. Click the Discussion tab to leave a comment on a wiki
Getting started Wikis are easy to create. First you choose a wiki hosting service - there are many free ones. http://del.icio.us/prep4elearni ng/wikis - links to free wiki hosting services http://del.icio.us/prep4elearni ng/wikis Then create an account – you can usually create your wiki at the same time as you create your account.
Create your page To create your first page simply click the 'Edit' button and begin typing. As you get more practice you can try uploading images, sounds and other files to your wiki. You can also try creating multiple pages in your wiki, with a menu to take viewers to the different pages. Most wikis provide easy-to-use text editors
Summary and quiz Summary In this tutorial you have: learned what a wiki is seen examples of how wikis may be used in e-learning identified the steps for setting up your own wiki. Quiz How did you go with this tutorial? Try the quiz on the following screens – there are 5 questions. Use the and to navigate the quiz.
For most wikis, who is allowed to edit the wiki? Question 1 a) only teachers b) only students c) anybody d) only the person who sets it up
Correct Most wikis are public i.e. set up so that anybody can read and edit them. Continue
Incorrect Most wikis are public i.e. set up so that anybody can read and edit them. Continue
A student or teacher could set up a wiki for either an individual project or a group project. Question 2 a) True b) False
Correct A wiki can be set up to be used by anybody, by one individual or by a selected group. Continue
Incorrect A wiki can be set up to be used by anybody, by one individual or by a selected group. Continue
Which of these can a wiki contain? Question 3 a) text b) images c) sounds d) video e) Power Point presentations f) Links g) All of the above h) None of the above
A wiki can contain all sorts of media, files and links. Continue
a) there is no other way to leave feedback What is the best way to leave feedback on a wiki, without actually editing the wiki itself? Question 4 b) click the Discussion link c) send an email to your teacher d) none of the above
No – use the Discussion to comment on a wiki Continue
There are different ways to set up wikis for who can view and who can edit. Which description matches each type of wiki? Question 5 Type of wikiDescription a.a. Anyone can view your wiki and edit the contents. b.Only the people who you nominate can view your wiki and edit it. c.Anyone can view your wiki, but only you can edit the contents. Public Semi-private Private
The answers are: Public a. Anyone can view your wiki and edit the contents. Semi-private c. Anyone can view your wiki, but only you can edit the contents. Private b. Only the people who you nominate can view your wiki and edit it.
Follow up Use the Prepare for e-learning CD ROM to: listen to the interviews with teachers on using wikis try the activities in the ‘Try it’ section. Or you can try the quiz again.try the quiz again