Increasingly, both students and their professors see the challenges facing the world as multidisciplinary, and the need for collaboration great. Over the past few years, the emergence of a raft of new (and often free) tools has made collaboration easier than at any other point in history. 
I liked the idea that students would be engaging in a real world project, with tangible and public, if not necessarily permanent, effects. In the end, an essay or an exam is an instance of busywork: usually written in haste; for one particular reader, the professor; and thereafter discarded.
With this wiki activity, I felt I was contributing to much more than just my own knowledge building because my wiki isn’t static. Future students will read, evaluate, and improve upon my foundation. Not only did I feel a responsibility to myself and my prof to complete good work, but I also felt that I owed future students my best too." - Reflections by UBC student in ETEC 520
Why would I choose a Wiki?
- Wikis support simple, collaborative authoring.
- Wikis can be edited by anyone with access to the wiki system you are using.
- Wikis are about collaborative resource development and easy sharing.
- People in many professions are using wiki platforms to collaborate with the community on building shared knowledge bases - it's part of a professional skill set. Medpedia is one example.
- group authoring on a topic
- peer review/editing
- class resource development - building a shared resource/knowledge base for a class.
- documentation development - resource manuals or guides that need to be updated regularly.
- presentations - embedded media (slides, video, images) can be added to a wiki page to develop a rich resource for presentation
Integrated Content Management
- author/edit a document collaboratively in the UBC Wiki here: and publish it here.
- keep webpages updated and accurate by editing on the wiki, and update wherever pages are embedded.
- Horizon Report, 2010
- Was introducing Wikipedia to the classroom an act of madness leading only to mayhem if not murder? - Reflections by UBC professor Jon Beasely-Murray