The second week of my class is quickly coming to an end. This class is: Collaboration and Learning in a Virtual Environment. Long title, but I have come to realize it means using tools we have online to create collaborative learning activities. Perhaps that is not a lot clearer, but I know what it means, and that is the key!
This week in class, (virtual class, of course), we learned about wikis. Lots and lots about wikis! The word "wiki" is Hawaiian for quick. Wikis are all about collaboration, so they are perfect for this class. Although just one person may start a wiki, many people can be involved with posting addendums and making changes to what is currently posted.
There are lots of kinds of wikis too! You can use them as encyclopedias, as we have all seen with Wikipedia. However, they can also be used in hundreds of other ways. Some of those are: to write a story as a group; to critique things, like books and movies, as a group; to create a listing of references on one, or many, topics; to create historical time lines; etcetera. The possibilities are actually endless! Anything you want to put in a place where other people can critique (by adding and fixing it) and comment (in the same ways) on it, you can create a wiki.
A wiki can also have many pages for diverse reasons and this can come in very handy for assignments. Each page can lead the students through the preparation they need to take part in a wiki. A page can even be set up for practice, which is an awesome thing if you have never been part of a wiki.
Well, that is about all for now! Have a wiki-wiki day!