LS5443: Wiki Tools


Why use wikis for group work? Former Graduate Assistant Liz Sikes created a PPT presentation to share how wikis facilitate assessment in group work. You can also find in on our pbworks modules wiki in Module 1.1:



If you are new to the wonderful world of wikis, begin your exploration by watching a YouTube video created by Commoncraft called "Wikis in Plain English" This video gives you a clear schema for understanding the benefits of wiki-based collaboration.

Note: Not all wikis add a page in the way described. In fact, pbworks, wikispaces, and wetpaint, all have a "New Page" link on their menus. Google Sites has both a "link" feature as described in the video and a "create a page" button.

ALSO IMPORTANT:

Wikis are designed for asynchronous work. If you and your partner are both editing a Wikispaces wiki at the same time, when you go to save, you will get a message saying the other person is editing. The second editor will lose her/his edits. (In pbworks, you will get a "lock" message. You can steal your partner's lock, but then his/her edits will be lost.)

This is true of the Wikispaces discussion feature as well. If you and your partner want to work together in real time, I suggest that you use BB or other chat, Wimba Pronto (in BB), or Skype if you want to talk as one at a time works on the wiki itself.


For LS5443 and LS5633:
You are required to set up an individual Wikispaces wiki. The most critical feature of this wiki tool option is the discussion tab on each page. This feature helps collaborators organize their discussions of particular components of each assignment. This will also allow you and your collaborators to document your individual and collective contributions to your work.
For LS5333:
You are required to set up a Wikispaces wiki for your group work. The most critical feature of this wiki tool option is the discussion tab on each page. This feature helps collaborators organize their discussions of particular components of each assignment. This will also allow collaborators to document your individual and collective contributions to your work.


How to Set up a Wikispaces Wiki:
These step-by-step directions will help you set up your Wikispaces wiki.
1. Link to Wikispaces.
2. Click on "Education" and "Create a Free Classroom Now" to create wiki.
3. Create your URL by typing in the name of your new wiki. Do not use your name or your TWU portal account unless you are comfortable with that.
4. In “Settings” under “General” choose the first option for Application Type. It should be “Wiki-Classic wiki functionality.” Click “Save.”
5. Also in “Settings” set the permissions for your wiki. Choose protected (free option) to allow everyone to see your wiki but only members you invite can edit your wiki. Click “Update”. NOTE: Before you can change your wiki permissions, you must verify your account. Follow the prompts on the screen.
6. You may see a “Getting Started” tutorial with tips for using your wiki. I highly recommend you take advantage of their excellent online help.
7. After you close the tutorial, you will get a “Front Page” (home page) with information in it. You can always return to Getting Started by clicking on “Help”.
8. To begin editing your wiki, click the “Edit” tab. Delete all of wikispaces welcome information. Title your page and add your text. Save.
9. Create one or more pages. Save. When naming your pages do not leave spaces. Use underscores or capital letters such as LP_Deonstruction or LpDeconstruction.
10. To add images or link files to a wiki page. Go to "Manage Wiki" in the left-hand menu. Click “Files.” Follow the directions for upload and these images or files will be available to link to any of your wiki pages by editing that page and clicking the “Insert Images and Files” button that resembles a sunny landscape.
11. Remember to practice the ethical use of all media and information that you add to your wiki this semester. Thank you.

Congratulations! You have created a Wikispaces wiki!

Don't forget to:

Creating and Linking Additional Wiki Pages
1. Create the page(s) you want to link FIRST. Example: matrix
2. In the edit mode, highlight the text you want to link. Example: Pre-writing Category Matrix.
3. Click on the "Link" tool.
4. Scroll down under "Page Name" and select the page you want to link. Example: matrix.
5. Add Link.
6. Presto.

Editing Your Wiki Navigation Menu:
Important: You must create your pages first!

In order to control the pages that appear, the order, and the spacing on your menu, you will have to remove the widget that automatically puts every page you create into the navigation menu.

1. Click on "edit navigation."
2. Remove the widget.
3. Then, re-enter the pages you want in the menu and link them. You can order them as you see fit and add spaces between them if you want to do so.


For the future: Wiki Tools Options - Link to this page for information that compares wikis that you may consider for your school library Web site or for collaboration beyond your university coursework.