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writing formats and extend to other forms of communication, such as video, podcasts, and links to outside media. A summary of some of the benefits of wikis follows.


 Because the instructor can define the parameters of the project, a large scale project in a wiki can focus on important content, skills, and processes relevant for a specific course. In particular, a wiki supports both individual and group research projects.


 The ability to share the wiki development among multiple student authors allows the faculty member to structure a project of greater scope and depth than might be possible for an individual student.


 The concise nature of content on the Web challenges the students to synthesize information in a more focused way and requires them to make choices regarding the organization and presentation of information far beyond what is required in writing a paper.


 In terms of assessing student work, the instructor can choose to grade the final output of the group holistically or track individual students' contributions to the project over time using the ―History‖ feature embedded in wiki sites.


 A wiki allows instructors to empower their students to create a Web publication without the technical expertise required in building a conventional Web site.


 Students As a collaborative tool, students can build on the multi-media aspects of social


media with which they are already familiar. The interface for developing wikis is user friendly and capitalizes on existing information, providing students with opportunities for synthesis and application.


 Developing a Web-based publication can provide students with an audience for their work beyond their classmates and instructor. Because wiki sites are indexed in search engines in much the same way as conventional Web sites, wikis have a global audience. (Wikis can be set to private or public depending on the ultimate objectives of the project).


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