Sunday, September 24, 2006

Wikis, Blogs and Collaboration Tools

Nancy White has posted a very interesting article on blogs and community on the knowledge tree - a must read for anyone interested in using blogs. You can read it on the screen and you can also download it as an MP3 file.

Shawn Callahan has commented on a discussion that has been taking place about why people don't use collaboration tools. I personally agreed with the statement that "When faced with the choice of learning new technology and chatting to colleagues on the phone and email to get a job done, if it can be done with what they already know they will go with that;". Clearly, wikis and blogs will only become commonplace where there are clear advantages in using them.

What's a Wiki is a wiki that was prepared for a workshop with that title. It has many links to websites about using wikis in education.

Wikipedia is encouraging universities and schools to use wikipedia as part of their studies. This page has descriptions of a numer of Universities that are using wikipedia with students.

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Are you using Wikis enough?
I recently listed to a podcast from Tony Whitingham where he argues that all TAFE managers should be regularly using wikis. I have occasionally used wikis but Tony challenged me to think about using them more frequently. I checked my delicious bookmarks and realised that I have 20 sites which I had tagged with wiki. A review of a number of these sites demonstrate a wide range of uses from summary of a topic to reference material (e.g. procedures) as well as meeting notes. It can also be used as a portfolio of work (example).

Exploring the world of wikis provides some good advice on using wikis, written for non-profit organisations. It categorises wikis as public, protected and private. It lists a wide range of wiki services that can be used to set up wikis.

I also have realised that wikipedia had become an essential part of the my life. Whenever, I have to research a new topic, it is a great starting point, although like most encylopedias it is never complete.

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