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• Wiki Gardening is the act of reorganizing the content to make it more usable to the community. Wikis have a tendency to become messy, at times it might become useful if not necessary to clean them up a little.

• Wiki means "quick" or "fast" in Hawaiian. 

To start a Sites wiki, obtain an account In Google Apps for Education:

1. If you do not have an account in Google Apps for Education, contact Frank Fulchiero (x5006) or Diane Creede (x5145) to start one.

2. Go to http://www.google.com/a/conncoll.edu and authenticate it.

3. You will be asked to create a password for your Google Apps account, this can be the same or different from your networking password, the two are not related.

4. After logging into the main Google Apps window, click on "Sites", on the right. You can then navigate to an existing site, or start a new one.

5. Each Sites wiki has its own URL, you can copy and distribute this, for example here is a test site: http://sites.google.com/a/conncoll.edu/digital-curriculum-center/








From archive:

Wiki means "quick" or "fast" in Hawaiian. A wiki is a type of website that allows users to easily add and edit content and is especially suited for collaborative writing. A wiki enables documents to be written collectively in a simple markup using a web browser.

A single page in a wiki is referred to as a "wiki page", while the entire body of pages, which are usually interconnected via hyperlinks, is "the wiki"; in effect, a very simple database. A defining characteristic of wiki technology is the ease with which pages can be created and updated. Generally, there is no review before modifications are accepted. Edits can be made in real-time, and appear instantaneously online. Wikis also have excellent versioning control. Every change is documented, you can see who made the change, when, and what was changed.

Wikitext language or wiki markup is a markup language that offers a simplified alternative to HTML and is used to write pages in wiki websites. Wikitext is text in this language. There is no commonly accepted standard wikitext language. The grammar, structure, features, keywords and so on are dependent on the particular wiki software used on the particular website. This wiki runs on MediaWiki software, the same as ConnWiki and Wikipedia . MediaWiki is used by many sites.

Athough complex HTML works in a wiki, it is better to keep the formatting simple. Considerable use of HTML will slow a wiki down and its use should be limited. Images, audio files, and video files can be uploaded to a wiki and used.

It is suggested you do not use the automatic formatting toolbar at first, but learn the wiki markup. For more,see:

Wikis promote Knowledge Building

Using wiki in education, informative site, also links to a wiki

PBwiki on education, Brief summary of ideas, created in PBWiki.

Using wiki in education

Using Wikis for Learning, Washington State University

What is a wiki With good tips on how to use one.

Wikis in Education Conference Aug. 5, 2006, Cambridge, MA

Wikis can be either hosted locally, on one's own servers, or remotely, such as PBwiki, below.

Examples of wikis used in education

At Connecticut College

Neurobiology of Disease
Theorizing Race Wiki
SATA Peru 2007 Wiki
Math 105 Section 1 Wiki
Math 105 Section 2 Wiki
4 Other wikis under development

Other institutions:

Social Justice Wiki

UsefulChem Project

The Science of Spectroscopy go to their wiki from this web page

Rhetoric and Composition

Auburn University School of Architecture

Drexel College of Arts and Sciences

University of Calgary

University of Mary Washington and Another UMW wiki

flatplanet. A high school wiki, but well done. Example of the hosted Wikispaces service.

Other Wiki Information

Wikipatterns, ideas on how to improve and manage wikis

Academic Commons Wiki

Web 2.0 Online Learning Film Festival

Wikinomics, mostly business-related, but provides a link to and example of Social Text

MeatballWiki

The 33 best wikis! from Eastwikkers

Other wiki and group collaboration software

Confluence is one of the better-regarded commercial wiki software packages. It can be expanded with Adaptavist solutions.

PBwiki is becoming popular, see the "Rhetoric and Composition" wiki above, created with it. One of the better hosted wikis. We have an account if you want to try it out.

Wikispaces is a hosted wiki where you can easily build web pages with other people. Free.

Wikidot.com looks like a fun new up-and-comer, Web 2.0ish

clearspace, another up-and-comer...a bit more than a wiki

Wetpaint, A Hosted Wiki

JotSpot, A hosted wiki, geared to business users, but may also be fine for educational purposes. Purchased by Google, it is now being "revamped".

Mashable's wiki resources

DocuWiki is a nice simple wiki.

twiki looks nice

Socialtext Business environment wiki with some nice features

Stikipad, A Hosted Wiki

Business wikis that may work for education

Comparison of Wiki Software

Open Source Wikis (Nov 4, 2004), updated July 2006

Top Ten Wiki Engines (May 30, 2006, but leaves out some of the new hosted ones)

Wiki Comparison Matrix

Elgg an open source, wiki-like learning platform

Wikia, a collection of wiki communities, now over 1,500

Content Management Systems can be used to create wikis and weblogs

MediaWiki Help

Included in MediaWiki Help:
Creating a new Wiki
MediaWiki Backup
Enabling Texvc
MediaWiki Security
MediaWiki Ease of Use
MediaWiki Update Process
Enabling Uploads in MediaWiki
Wiki Clippings

Quick-Start

Training videos, and another link to them

Math formula syntax

MediaWiki New Window

MediaWiki update process

Where to get PHP, MySQL, etc. for OSX

MediaWiki Users BB

User Rights, Preventing Access

Using uploaded images

Wikipedia Gallery

MediaWiki Forum

Convert from-to Word

Multiple wikis

Securing Images Directory

To prevent anonymous users from reading anything other that the main page edit LocalSettings.php as follows:

# Disable reading line, for anonymous (not-logged-in => * ) : $wgGroupPermissions['*']['read'] = false; # ... and enable anonymous to read the followings pages : $wgWhitelistRead = array( "Main Page", "Special:Userlogin", "-", "MediaWiki:Monobook.css" );Mike

Misc. Wiki Stuff

wiki how to, a wiki on making things

Customizing MediaWiki

Gallery of user styles in MediaWiki

layout customization and more on layout customization

A clean wiki...Beagle and download the skin

The Misty Look Skin, nice!

Good layout ideas I tried them here. Make sure you see the templates

Thank you teveepedia! Temporary use under fair use guidelines, for educational purposes, will delete if requested

The Mozilla Developer Site is created in MediaWiki, Wiki Markup at Mozilla, nice skin!

Another Mozilla Wiki, good layout

nice layout at tango

change the background color in the MediaWiki User Forum

MySkin concept more info on headers [1] and [2] and [3] and good at [4]

Customizing the layout and MediaWiki tips including [5]

Customizing the layout, some links to good examples, with a few ideas

Skin tweaks

good layout tested here2, need to upload images, thanks HOSEF!

layout idea with sidebar template

layout idea

Wikia ACG on Wikia.com http://wikia.com/wiki/Wikia_ACG

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