When I wrote Learning with (and from) Wikis a few weeks ago, I thought I was behind the times. I thought that most of the basic points about wikis had already been explored in various online discussion forums.
As it turns out, I may have unwittingly become part of a new movement to expand and enhance the use of wikis, or to expand them into blikis. (A bliki is a weblog with wiki support which is a very cool idea and something I’m seriously considering exploring in my own projects.)
Well, it wouldn’t be the first time I’ve blundered into a revolution…
Last week I wrote about wikis and their e-learning potential. I like wikis, a lot. However, my main gripe is that they are generally rather ugly and not very user-friendly.
Recently James Farmer, who writes the e-learning weblog Incorporated Subversion, evaluated some wiki tools (hosted services and standalone applications) for possible use in a wiki he wants to build. More tools were recommended and described in the comments to that entry. Well worth reading.
I’m especially intrigued by one wiki service Farmer describes…
Lately I’ve been intrigued by wikis online content repositories that users can freely modify (expand, change, link, or delete entries). These can be published on the Web, or on an intranet or other network.
Wikis are most commonly used as community-created resources for reference (like Wikipedia) or collaboration. I’ve been getting interested in them mainly for their e-learning potential. I’m starting to like them immensely, even though they’re generally rather ugly (more on that below).
Sometimes we learn the most from our mistakes. Along that line, I just read an excellent piece about what one educator learned from a wiki that didn’t work so well…