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How to Contribute to and/or Create Your Own Wiki Using TWiki

by Terrie Shannon and Helen Mongan-Rallis

Created: March 2006. Last updated: February 17, 2008 . These guidelines can be found as a Univ. of MN Twiki at HelensWiki

What is a wiki? Definition

How to contribute to an existing wiki

Guide to creating your first University of Minnesota wiki (using TWiki)

  1. It's a good idea to review TWiki Welcome Guest. This provides you with some background information on how Twikis work, and gives links to useful starting points. Some of the most useful are:
  2. Click on the link to request a wiki and register as a new user.
  3. Request your own Wiki. You will be taken to a page that includes all of the following: Examples of the email that you will send:
    1. A request for a wiki that will be open to the public and have no restrictions will look like this:
      • Name of wiki: HelensWiki
      • Public
      • Access control: default.
        No need to say anything other than to stipulate your responses to each of the items above.
    2. A request for a wiki for a class and one that has restrictions will look like this:
      • Name of wiki: Educ5413sec001
      • Private
      • Not searchable
      • Not on site map
      • Access control: only members of Educ5413sec001

Once you send this email:

The basics of using your wiki

If you already have a TWiki but want to create a new Twiki page

Purposes of Wikis

Wikis are designed to be used asynchronously as a means of enabling two or more people to collaborate in the creation, editing and discussion of the content of the web page. They can be used in many ways. A few examples to get you started thinking of potential uses:

Resources to learn more about creating wikis

  1. 7 things you should know about wikis. Educause Learning Initiative.
  2. Blogs and Wikis for Collaboration and ePortfolios. University of Southern California Center for Scholarly Technology.
  3. For Teachers New to Wikis. Provides information on teachers who are new to using wikis. This is a very useful overview about wikis. There are sections on:What are wikis? How can teachers use wikis to facilitate teaching, writing development, and learning? Where can teachers find appropriate wiki writing spaces? How can teachers introduce wikis to students? What obstacles can teachers expect? How can teachers get started? an Resources.
  4. Traumwerk Wiki Guidelines: Traumwerk is a project of the Metamedia Lab - closely affiliated with Stanford Humanities Lab and part of Stanford's Archaeology. This has links to sections on wiki design philosophy, design principles, wiki guidelines, and basic functions. The section on guidelines provides useful tips on using wikis for collaboration. Includes: how to make collaborative authoring and research work; some tips on authoring collaborative hypertext.
  5. TWiki Presentation by Peter Theony, August 2005 .
  6. An overview of information on wikis.
  7. Twiki: Enterprise Collaboration. Link to download Twiki and an overview of Twiki including topics such as: What is TWiki? What does it look like? What are the Main Features?

Links to other wiki creation tools

Examples of wikis used in colleges & P-12 schools

  1. Carl, M. (2005). English classes use wikis instead of paper. In The Digital Collegian. An article in Penn State's Collegian newspaper about use of wikis in an English class.
  2. Goodnoe, E. (2005). How To Use Wikis For Business. In Information Week, Aug. 8, 2005.
  3. Grade 3-4’s easily use wikis. This is a blog by Mr. P in Australia about students' use of wikis in his class. He provides a link from his blog to his class wikis if you want to jump straight to seeing these and skip Mr. P's blog. Also interesting: One of the links from his wiki page is to Mr. P's students' podcast page.

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