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Wikis are collaborative tools and are similar to websites.  Wikisare accessed on the web so internet users can view or edit content such as text, images, videos or discussion questions.  In some wiki products, owners are able to track and record all additions on a separate history page (Wikispaces, 2010).  According to Parker and Chao (2007), “a wiki is a web communication and collaboration tool that can be used to engage students in learning with others within a collaborative environment”. Wikis are excellent tools for online group projects and display numerous pages within one wiki site.  Therefore, individual class members, teams or outside participants are potential collaborators on a single wiki site.  Each participant is able to change an assigned wiki page or pages.  As a result, “A geographically dispersed project team can use a wiki as a way of keeping in touch, sharing ideas and developing the project” (Parker & Chao, 2007).  To visit a collaborative online project and view participant information, access the award winning wiki, Greetings from around the world.
 
Numerous products are available to create wikis.  A product called Wikispaces is used by institutions such as Columbia University, William & Mary, Georgetown and Arizona State University.  To learn how to create a wiki, see the Wikispaces video.

To read more about wikis in education, visit Wikis as a Teaching Tool by Parker and Chao (2007) or Wide open spaces: Wikis, ready or not by Lamb (2004).