Learning 2.0 Activity #5 - Wikis!
see have always seen wikis as somewhat of a fad that will eventually
fade away, but Wikipedia has taken off, not as a respectable information
source but as a source of quick, fun information used to determine bets
or somewhat satisfy inquiring minds.
Other than Wikipedia, I have utilized Google docs for class projects and for working on lists with my husband. Knowing
the other people with which I was working lent credibility to the
project, something that sometimes lacks when you have numerous anonymous
contributors to a wiki (as pointed out in the blog and the "slide show" we read for this activity). This type of activity, with contributors working on one project, makes an effective use of a wiki, but it appears that not wikis provide that type of experience.
wiki makes good use of patron-added content, but it doesn't look much
different than a blog with comments - the reviews appear to be done by
individuals instead of collaborative input. Although now that I think
about it, the wiki doesn't necessarily have to be a within-document
collaboration, but could also be just within-site collaboration, like
the UConn IT staff wiki,
however, there are new online services like Diigo, del.ic.ious, or digg
that allow users to bookmark or add links on related content that
anyone can access. It seems like these newer approaches are more effective than using a wiki just to collect links to other content.
The Subject Guides wiki is an interesting use of a wiki because it does contain the collection of links
approach to collaborative wiki-ing, but also listings that include
varying type of information - not just articles on the subject, but
also staff recommendations and local information (like when and where the local farmer's market takes place). Libraries would benefit from this type of wiki because it could be localized by patrons.