Wiki

From Teflpedia
Revision as of 19:36, 18 November 2012 by Saraali (talk | contribs) (ELT Wikis)

A wiki is a collaborative Internet venture of the type you are presently browsing. The users of the site can edit the content, adding material and making changes to what has previously been written by other editors.

There can be tens, hundreds or many thousands of pages of interconnected content. Specific items can be linked using blue links, and articles may contain red links which are waiting for some interested user to convert into meaningful content. Furthermore, there is a history of changes to enable users to revert back to earlier versions or review the development of articles.

The most famous example is, of course, Wikipedia,[1] whose English-language version had over three million articles (3,875,623 to be precise) as of 17th February 2012.[2]

Characteristics

Ward Cunningham, and co-author Bo Leuf, in their book The Wiki Way: Quick Collaboration on the Web described the essence of the Wiki concept as follows:

  • A wiki invites all users to edit any page or to create new pages within the wiki Web site, using only a plain-vanilla Web browser without any extra add-ons.
  • Wiki promotes meaningful topic associations between different pages by making page link creation almost intuitively easy and showing whether an intended target page exists or not.
  • A wiki is not a carefully-crafted site for casual visitors. Instead, it seeks to involve the visitor in an ongoing process of creation and collaboration that constantly changes the Website landscape.

ELT Wikis

Wikis in ELT could benefit teachers and students; some possibilities:

By teachers for students
Support students with syllabus, objectives, exam preparation material, tips, quizzes, exercises and strategies.

Examples: http://uccke10113a.pbworks.com/w/page/29328814/FrontPage http://uccke-eng.pbworks.com/w/page/8881826/FrontPage

By students for students
Student project work and planning, journals, class blog.
By teachers for teachers
Teaching ideas, experience, tips, projects, teaching philosophies and lesson plans. Which is really what Teflpedia is.
By everyone for everyone
like Wikipedia? not an ELT wiki, and Simple Wikipedia? also not an ELT wiki but may be more readable for students and thus useful to students and perhaps to teachers as source material for interesting lessons that would be compatible with Teflpedia's copyright requirements. There are broadly focused education wikis, even more how to wikis, but let's focus back in on teaching English as a second or foreign language.

Examples

  • Teflpedia of course, since 2008 and with NO DISTRACTING ADVERTISEMENTS, yea!
  • Wiki JET since 2006 at Wikia
  • Elt World Wiki since 2006 at Wikia but little there

See also

The wiki way

References