The Wiley Wiki pioneered the idea of open online content that can be edited by course participants. Like a wiki, like Wikipedia, like this page! The MOOC begins with the idea that participants can add to and change the learning content.
What Can You Write Collaboratively?
Michael Angeles offers numerous suggestions to help you get started in Using a Wiki for Documentation and Collaborative Authoring. Start by posting commonly referenced information such as:
Sites and services for shared authoring
- Google Docs - http://docs.google.com - here is a Google Doc version of a MOOC book
- Google Sites - http://sites.google.com
- WikiSpaces - http://www.wikispaces.com/
- Squidoo - http://www.squidoo.com/squidoo - "Squidoo is the popular publishing platform and community that makes it easy for you to create "lenses" online. Lenses are pages, kind of like flyers or signposts or overview articles, that gather everything you know about your topic of interest--and snap it all into focus."
Central or Hosted Discussion Platforms
- Google Groups - http://groups.google.com/
Tips for Setting Up Shared Content
- Create a basic structure that people can work from
- Ask for contributions via your social network and from course participants
Tips from Michael Angeles:
History of Shared Authoring
Wikipedia defines collaborative writing as "projects where written works are created by multiple people together (collaboratively) rather than individually. Some projects are overseen by an editor or editorial team, but many grow without any oversight."
Here is a list of numerous collaborative authoring sites and services from the 1980s to today. http://users.soe.ucsc.edu/~ejw/collab/ As you can see from this guide, there is a rich tradition of collaborative authoring online, and the course wiki format is only the latest implementation of that idea in education.