A wiki is similar to a blog in that the content is viewable via the internet, however it is used more as a collaborative tool rather than a personal/professional journal.

A wiki is a web based application so there are no real hardware limitations - I've used an old Win98 machine to edit work on this wiki - it is also a cross platform application - no need to worry whether you're on a Mac or a PC.

Wikipedia is perhaps the best known version of a wiki around but some recent innovations are worth taking a look at - wikibooks and wikiversity (see also wiktionary)

There are a number of different web based wikis around but I'm going to concentrate on the version I'm using here - wikispaces.

I'm also not going to repeat all the stuff that David Warlick presents in his wiki workshops.

  • What is a Wiki?
  • A wiki (IPA: [ˈwɪ.kiː] <WICK-ee> or [ˈwiː.kiː] <WEE-kee>[1]) is a type of Web site that allows the visitors themselves to easily add, remove, and otherwise edit and change some available content, sometimes without the need for registration. This ease of interaction and operation makes a wiki an effective tool for collaborative authoring. The term wiki also can refer to the collaborative software itself (wiki engine) that facilitates the operation of such a Web site, or to certain specific wiki sites, including the computer science site (an original wiki), WikiWikiWeb, and on-line encyclopedias such as Wikipedia.
  • "Wiki." Wikipedia. WikiMedia Foundation. 24 Nov 2006 <>.

Below is a longish (9mins) screencast I made comparing using blogs vs wikis as a means to bring content to the class