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What is a wiki?

Wikis provide a simple, intuitive way of creating group-authored webpages, such as Wikipedia-style repositories of knowledge. They are useful for collaborative projects and make it easy to share information. You can view changes made by different users or rollback to previous versions.

The UCL Wiki is not just one wiki - the Confluence software has the capability of creating many "wiki spaces" for groups of UCL users. Additionally, both staff and student users have the ability to set up their own "personal space" on the UCL Wiki.

See also the

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Confluence Overview video





How can I use a wiki?

Here are some ideas:

  • You want to create structures of articles on subjects à la Wikipedia
  • You want to build a knowledge base for a course, research group or project
  • You want to create simple, flexible group-authored Web pages
  • You want to increase student engagement using a safe online wiki
  • You want a to showcase your students' work online and to have their peers read their work
  • You want a central place for your group to collaborate
  • You want a shared area for research groups to put documents under discussion etc.
  • You want to encourage any kind of collaborative work in teaching and learning
  • You want to store committee agendas, minutes, papers and comments in a shared area
  • You want a shared area for a project-related to do lists, minutes etc.
  • You want to share technical notes in a small group
  • Please add anything we've missed here!

How can I NOT use a UCL wiki?

A UCL userid is required for wiki page editing - see [Frequently Asked Questions]. This seriously limits the usefulness of UCL wiki's for researchers and investigators working on multi-univerisity and/or multi-organisational projects. Since it would be impossible or unwieldy to obtain UCL userid's for many external collaborators, this effectively means that these researchers and investigators:

  • Cannot build a knowledge base for their research group or project using a UCL wiki
  • Cannot use a UCL wiki as a central place for their group to collaborate
  • Cannot use a UCL wiki as a shared area for research groups to put documents under discussion etc.
  • Cannot use a UCL wiki to store committee agendas, minutes, papers and comments in a shared area
  • Cannot use a UCL wiki for project-related to do lists, minutes etc.
  • Must consequently either pay for a secure wiki service, or use an insecure free wiki service!
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See Also

How do I request a wiki space?

Use of wikis in various subject areas

[Using a wiki in language classes] 

Interesting Links

7 Things You Should Know about WikisThe "7 Things You Should Know About..." series from the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) provides concise information on emerging learning practices and technologies. Each brief focuses on a single practice or technology and describes what it is, how it works, where it is going, and why it matters to teaching and learning.

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