Wikis 101 v2

Some back story on the wiki
sensation, featuring names, dates
and bullet points.
Pillows not included.
NOTE: Some images are copyright
someone else and some other
publishing company and are not
authorized for distribution.
"I wanted the Web to be what I call an
interactive space where everybody can
edit. And I started saying ‘interactive,’
and then I read in the media that the
Web was great because it was
‘interactive,’ meaning you could click.
This was not what I meant by
-- Sir Tim Berners-Lee, 1999
Also called “the read-write web”
 Encourages participation
 “Social” and collaboration features
 Two is twice as good as one!
 (and the decimal bit sounds technical)
Programmer and innovator
Created the first wiki in 1995,
and called it the WikiWikiWeb
“Wiki-wiki” is Hawaiian for
“The simplest online database
that could possibly work”
Bearded men with glasses are
very handsome
In Hawai'ian, it's weekee, vee-kee or
anything in
between, most often
a voiced bilabial
Most everybody says
“wicky” anyway.
 Simple
 Editable
 Linked
 Collaborative
 History
 Search
 (Discussion)
Edit your document in the browser
without special software
 No HTML knowledge needed
See every version of the page back to
the original
 Compare versions
 Revert to an earlier version
 Subscribe to changes
Modern wikis have tagging
 Search for content
 Or drill down via tags and tag clouds
 Create dynamic sets
quick creation of “associative hypertexts
with non-linear navigation structures”
 Each page contains cross-links to one or
more other pages
 Think of it as a searchable brain map
Separate space for asynchronous
 (A message board)
 One attached to each page!
Taking notes
 Discussions & debates
 Constructivist learning
 Knowledge bases
 Project management
 Collaborative writing/editing
 Easy web publishing
 Harnessing the creativity of the masses
Nobody important
Just some schools like
› Harvard
› Colby
› Penn State
› Columbia
And companies like
› Google
› Proctor and Gamble
People I know
› My friend Alyssa
› My research notes
Also folks like
› Laurie Marks
› Theodora Welch
› Susan Mraz
› Half of the CSM!
You, in about 50 minutes
Your colleagues are already using wikis
Your competitors are already using wikis
It is a more effective and efficient way to work
Today’s students are Web consumers and are
expecting online instruction that supports
participation and interaction. “They want
learning experiences that are social and that
will connect them with their peers. They expect
activities and content to be relevant to the real
world (Beldarrain, 2006).
It’s 2009, for goodness sakes
If you don’t need it.
It’s not a magic
Avoid irrational
Some implementation
Over 200 wiki systems
 10s to 1000s of each!
 They are everywhere
 Except UMass Boston
 Just kidding, you’ve got a bunch
already, but they’re all “unofficial”
Two major wiki
application options:
› Closed work group
› Open to public
knowledge management tools in
planning and documentation.
 open, web-based content management
system (CMS) for the editing and
management of a web presence
 internationally accessible notepad
 discussion forums for general and
specialized discussions.
Free locally hosted
› MediaWiki
› Twiki
› MoinMoin, DokuWiki, PMwiki, PHPwiki, etc.
Free web hosted
› pbWiki
› Google Sites
Commercial local host
› Confluence
› DekiWiki
Commercial web host
› Wikispaces
Meaning is gained
through active
learning, social
interaction, and the
construction of
(aka Web 2.0 + some
Contextual Teaching and Learning is “based
on the premise that meaning emerges from
the relationship between content and its
context. Context gives meaning to content”
In this model, the role of the instructor is not to
provide learning, but to provide the context in
which learning can occur.
Contextual teaching and learning engages
students in significant and relevant activities
that help them connect their academic
learning to real - life situations and problems.
New age hokum? You decide.
Wiki culture shock. “Anybody can come
along and change my text!”
 You control access
 You get to see all the changes and who
did what
 Public accountability is a strong
 In spite of what you hear, Wikipedia is a
very successful experiment.
UMB’s got Wiki
 Hosted and maintained in California
 Had 99.995% uptime over the past year.
 Easy to use
 Popular with Higher Ed users
 Unlimited wikis
 Automatic updates
 Nice people
Site Admin
Go to
Do not go any further!
 There is no more useful content
 Go to and be
 Check out
for examples of cool things you can do
with Wikispaces
This slide is a secret?
 How can you be reading this?
 Christian must have gone too far in the
 Please stop reading.
Chris Hogan is
watching you
What is he writing in
his notebook?