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Wikis

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Description A Wiki is a Web-based site where one or more individuals can build knowledge on a topic.
Author(s) Stan Skrabut (skrabutTalk)
Email Stan Skrabut
Location Room 120
University of Wyoming, College of Agriculture
Phone 307-766-3722
Last Updated 18 June, 2011


Contents

Description

A Wiki is a Web-based site where one or more individuals can build knowledge on a topic.

Through topical association, individuals can add and arrange content, the wiki Website then catalogs the information for easy retrieval. To better understand a Wiki, you must visit wikis. Here are some of the more popular Wiki sites:

Wikis require little programming knowledge. They are simple to use and maintain. With easy text formatting and docs linking tools, individuals can create content (articles, manuals and other documents) independently of each other.

Wikis can be create for any discipline, project, or program. They can be created for businesses, education, religion, non-profits, or just for the fun of it.

Essential Requirements

Wikis will operate on both a Mac or PC, as well as an iPad or mobile phone.

Equipment

The only equipment needed is a computer, smart phone, or iPod with a Web browser.

Software

Access to wikis is accomplished through a Web-browser. These are the most common browsers:

Common Wiki Applications

Here are common Wiki Websites:

Here is a comparison of wiki software.

Since the University of Wyoming Extension uses MediaWiki, any reference to a specific Wiki product will be mainly focused on this software application.

Learning resources information

Reading List

Here are a number of articles and books worth reading on the use of clickers.


Key Web links

Guides and Beginner Instructions

Here are a number of great guides to help you better understand wikis and their capabilities.


Wiki Ideas

Here are wiki ideas in case you are stuck.

Education

Here are a number of great ideas for using wikis in a education environment.

Info Pages

Here is information for creating infoboxes for MediaWiki.

Miscellaneous Wiki Tips

These are tips that did not neatly fit in other places.


Professional Development

Here are some articles to put purpose behind your wikis.

Tips for a Successful wiki

Here are ideas for improving your wikis.

Wikipedia

Here are instructions for adding to Wikipedia.


MediaWiki Video Tutorials

Here is a collection of videos that will help you use Mediawiki.

Wikipedia Video Tutorials

Here is a collection of videos that will help you contribute to Wikipedia. Wikipedia uses MediaWiki as the software application, therefore, the video tutorials above apply.

References