Conclusion

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Wikis can be powerful tools to facilitate collaborative work and the development of online communities. The ability for distributed individuals to contribute to the same document or project with just a web browser and a network connection has resulted in some amazing achievements of peer-produced content over recent years. The most notable example is Wikipedia but we are still in the early days of this technology and great things may come from a wide adoption of wiki technology from communities and groups interested in creating open resources. We hope that WikiEducator continues to grow as a place to facilitate and support the development of Open Educational Resources (OERs) and a place for communities of interested practitioners.

"For the gains in autonomy, democracy, justice, and a critical culture to materialize, the practices of non-market information production, individually free creation, and cooperative peer production must become more than fringe practices. They must become part of life for substantial portions of the networked population." - Yochai Benkler, The Wealth of Networks.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

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  • How do you spell wikieducator?

There is not really any correct spelling. Usually within text we write it WikiEducator, but you will notice various spellings throughout the tutorial. Remember that in the URL it is spelled in lowercase.

External links and resources

These links are provided for further reading. They will be particularly useful for facilitators wanting to add interesting points when working through the WikiEducator Newbie Tutorials.

URL links in this section

  1. http://www.educause.edu/LibraryDetailPage/666?ID=ELI7004
  2. http://c2.com/cgi/wiki
  3. http://c2.com/doc/etymology.html
  4. http://www.innovateonline.info/pdf/vol2_issue5/Uses_and_Potentials_of_Wikis_in_the_Classroom.pdf
  5. http://www.futurelab.org.uk/download/pdfs/research/disc_papers/Wikis_in_Schools.pdf