A Wiki is an application that allows people to create, edit and add content to interlinked web pages in a collaborative fashion. Wikipedia arguably is the world’s best known wiki, but there are many wikis out there. The Moodle Wiki offers the option of creating content in an authenticated web space for a specific course or project. A history of all changes is preserved, so it is easy to track the development of the current version as well as revert to an earlier version. Moodle wikis may be used to create multimedia content.
Teaching, Learning, and Research Possibilities
Wikis can be set up to support either collaborative activities or individual reflection. Collaborative wikis are comprised of a network of pages that may be extended or edited by a group or the entire class. Individual wikis can be made accessible to individual students and their instructors. Wikis can be used to:
- Write papers with multiple contributors.
- Collect, organize, summarize and annotate supplementary readings and resources.
- Create guides to course concepts.
- Research a topic and present findings as a multimedia network of pages rather than as a traditional research paper.
- An individual wiki may be used to facilitate reflections or ideas that the student develops over the term, and instructors can provide feedback.
- Create portfolios of student work.
Wiki content may be graded. For example, an ongoing project or paper may developed over the term and submitted at the end as a finished work.
- While relatively easy to use, the simple conventions for the Moodle wiki are still a bit more complicated compared to other collaborative writing tools such as Google Docs.
- Wikis, unlike Google Docs, can be used to create webs of pages.
- When a wiki page is open for editing by someone, everyone else is prevented from editing that page.
- Google Docs provides many document creation and editing capabilities that are simpler and more powerful than the Moodle wiki, but it is not integrated into Moodle. Google Docs allows concurrent editing.
Wiki Module on Moodle.org, an open and global Moodle support community.