Wikis are an under-utlised tool in the arsenal of educators and education facilitators. I am often asked “what is it?” and sometimes “what is it for?”, but rarely “how can I use it?”.
There are many reasons for this approach, most notable is the distinct lack of understanding of both what a wiki is and how it can be used. I often find the best way to describe it is to in fact describe or demonstrate examples where it is already used .. successfully.
Here is my list (inspired by the “50 Ways to Use Wikis for a More Collaborative and Interactive Classroom” from Smart Teaching) on how you could encourage the use of wikis in the classroom; remember, I’m thinking Higher Education – so this means young adults (mainly) as students, and senior academics and Professors as the facilitators (these are often more ‘stubborn’ learners of new techniques).
- Participation (and tracking it)
- Peer review
- Debate & discussion
- Collaborative FAQs
- Reading lists
- Problem solving
- Bookmarks & reading
I hope this helps, somewhat, for those who are still a little befuddled on what is a wiki, and how/why we can be using them. I also include my presentation on “Wikis in Education”: