Here is another week for blogging exercise, the main topic for this week focus on “Wiki”. I assume that everyone knows about Wikipedia, but do you know what’s this come from? Yeah, it comes from Wiki. Wiki is the simplest online database that allows any users to add, modify, and delete its content, it’s a piece of server software can be done on any Web browser. It also supports hyperlinks and has simple text syntax for creating new pages and crosslinks between pages.
Let’s make it more clearly by a video, it introduces easily by camping example. Enjoy it, because the speaker is quite hilarious.
Therefore, according to the video, “edit”, “link” and “save” are just so simple to let everyone to use it. And there are some wiki websites, such as Wikipedia, Wikispaces, and Wetpaint…etc. I think the most popular one is “Wikipedia”, so I’m going to talk about Brisbane Airport as my organization from Wikipedia.
On Wikipedia, Brisbane airport has been presented briefly by many users, and it classified into many sections; for instance, history, terminals, airlines and destinations, transport, development projects, operations, traffic and statistics, accidents incidents, notes, see also, and references. Each of them has been modified by different users from variety resources, and Brisbane airport can obtain the information from those users to improve the environment or equipment. However, if the information is unsuitable or unreliable resources such as flying detail, other user can edit the pages in order to provide the most appropriate and correct information to everyone. The best thing about Wikipedia is convenience, for example, a person is doing history of Brisbane airport, he/she does not need to go to every websites; due to Wikipedia is a platform that everyone combines the work together in the same place, and also resources have linked with reference. It’s all share together to global, and supports by number of languages. How good is that, isn’t it?
In addition, before we contribute information on websites, there are several strategies for wiki:
- Determine goals
- Develop a technology plan
- Make expectations and rationale clear
- Create a framework for the wiki
- Static webpage
- Introduce wiki in class
- Connect learners
- Model wiki use in class
- Motivate learners to adopt wiki practices
- Knowledge base
- Adapt tools and processes
- Collaborate actively
- Foster feedback
- Evaluate the wiki’s usefulness
- Community of practice
Transfer to diagram:
So, can you think more about strategies for wiki communities?:)
Wikipedia. “Wiki”. Retrieved October 3, 2012.
Wiki.Org. “What is Wiki ?”. Retrieved October 3, 2012.
Educause Learning Initiative. “7 things you should know about Wikis”. Retrieved Octover 3, 2012.
Wikipedia. “Brisbane Airport”. Retrieved October 3, 2012.
Sun,J. “Using and Experiencing Wikis”. Retrieved October 3, 2012.