The term Wiki comes from the Hawaiian word for quick, because it is a quick and easy way to create a website. The best-known wiki is Wikipedia ( www.wikipedia.org ). Wikis within Blackboard make it possible for faculty and students to collaborate, organize, and present their work (knowledge bases, papers, research, etc.) within a safe secure web-based dynamic environment. Instructors can easily monitor wiki activity to see who is contributing and what they are contributing.
Wiki’s can be incorporated in your course in various ways, located below are examples:
- Set up a course wiki as a collaborative space for the entire class to create a study guide or a knowledge base to help them prepare for upcoming tests, midterms, and final exams.
- For group and individual projects, students can construct their wiki’s during a set timeframe then the wiki’s could be opened to the rest of the class for comments.
Group wikis are enabled by instructors. Any course member can read the group wiki, but the user must be a member of the group to edit a page or make a comment on a group wiki page. Instructors can change the default setting to allow only group members to view a group wiki. When creating the group, you will need to select Wiki under Tool Availability.