Sunday, November 13, 2005

The End of the Wiki Project

Wikipedia defines a Wiki as a web site that allows any number of users to add content and any other users to edit that content. This makes a Wiki an inherently collaborative tool best used by groups. In order for a Wiki to be successful, there must be a need for a group to collaborate on a specific project - and possibly a need for the group to edit each other's work. This may be one reason why Wikis as class project may not work as well - a class Wiki project does not fill a collaborative need on the part of the class. Ideally, the collaborative need to comes first - then the idea that a Wiki could facilitate the group communication.

The Wiki project is now at an end. It was a great learning experience - even though the project itself was not as successful as I would have liked. However, I have learned a great deal about Wikis and how they could be used. They have some great potential as library tools. I can envision library staff projects, library instruction collaborative tools and even a great resource for the library community to give feedback to library staff.

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