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Wikis and University Faculty Deirdre Bonnycastle College of Medicine October 28 th , 2009
What is a Wiki?
A wiki is a website that allows the visitors themselves to
easily add, remove, and otherwise edit and change
This ease of interaction and operation makes a wiki an
effective tool for mass collaborative authoring.
Clinical Informatics Wiki http://www.informatics-review.com/wiki/index.php/Main_Page
Student Doctor Wiki http://more.studentdoctor.net/wiki/index.php/Main_Page
I use several wikis for Research and Committee work because the team always knows that we are working on the most current document. -Dr. Marcel D’Eon Faculty of Medicine
Committees Research Students S T O R E S S T O R E S S T O R E S Minutes Contact Info Images Agendas Reports Documentation Articles Statistics Images Interviews Articles Links Resources Questions Syllabus Universities are Obsessed with Paper A Wiki
Committee Wiki (Invisible to public, multiple editors)
Deirdre’s Post Workshop Wiki (Anyone can see, three people edit) https://wiki.usask.ca/display/db/Home
Faculty Development Wiki (Anyone can see, ten people edit) http://medicaleducation.wetpaint.com/
Peanut Butter Wiki (no longer active) (Anyone can see, only I edit)
College of Nursing Wiki (Anyone can view, multiple editors)
Committees Research Students C R E A T E Plans Projects Draft Reports Draft Documentation Plans Draft Papers & Presentations Papers Team Projects Presentations Project Plans Universities are Obsessed with Papers C R E A T E C R E A T E A Wiki helps
Committees Research Students S E C R E T A R Y Key Elements for Involvement L E A D M A R K S O B J E C T I V E S C L E A R T A S K S
U of S Students Say
Throughout my undergraduate and graduate studies I had never been assigned such a unique and challenging project. It was unique in that I had never used or even heard of a “Wiki.”
It definitely inspired me to consider the future uses of such technology in my own work or future projects that require a lot of collaboration.
Wikis are new to you as a faculty member and
new to the university as a whole. Policies and
support systems are still being developed.
Content created on wikis and copied to a word
document lose their formatting. This may be an
important consideration when preparing
collaborative articles for publication.
How might you use a wiki?
You need to become proficient with Wikis before asking your students to use them.