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smooth implementation of wiki writing, you should build in some class time for students to ―play‖ and experiment with the wiki authoring tools. (You, too, should spend some time getting to know the technology before assigning it in class). Specifically, students should explore how to set up a page, upload a file, add an image, create a table of contents, and insert a link. (For William and Mary faculty, support for these tasks is provided at http://www.wmwikis.net/). Appendix A provides a tutorial for using WM Wikis, which is also located online at the web address just listed in the previous sentence. Additionally, you can find a sample Wikispaces assignment in Inserts 4.1 and 4.2. Note that these assignments are compatible with Wikispaces. The assignment presented in Insert 4.1 includes a link to a class created wiki site, which provides an example of a final class project. Other wiki platforms may have slightly different features and steps. As noted at the beginning of this module, the Blackboard platform also has a wiki feature. The difference between the Blackboard application and the Wikispaces option concerns the number of features available for posting and editing and the intended audience. In Blackboard wikis, you must be a enrolled in the class to access the wiki, making for a smaller audience. You may ultimately export the wiki to post online at the conclusion of class, but if this is your intention, you will find it easier to work with WM wikis throughout and simply change the viewing option from private to public. Once students are familiar with the technical aspects of the wiki, explain the wiki


assignment and student responsibilities. What will the checkpoints be? Are students assigned specific roles? (For example, ―Editor-in-Chief‖ or ―Artistic Editor‖ or ―Technical Editor‖). When students are clear on the technical workings of the wiki and on the assignment requirements, work in the wiki can begin.


Considerations Wikis offer a great platform for long-term multi-authored texts and projects.


While wikis do allow for multimedia embedding, the primary function of the wiki is text based collaboration. The formatting features within a wiki page can sometimes have ―glitches,‖ particularly when students use many images and clips or when authors attempt to copy and paste from a prewritten text. Users might find that an image


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