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What are wikis?

Wikipedia information on wikis


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Wiki-wiki bus in Honolulu where the name started.

Wikis are about getting on the internet fast.

When you use a wiki you can:
add text, add images, add video,
then publish immediately to the internet.

This material is then available 24/7 for your students to access anywhere!


Wikis at SI

Here are some SI Wikis to look at to get the idea of how they are being used:

Sydney Institute Wikispace
http://www.sydneyinstitute.wikispaces.net/

Randwiki (Randwick College main information wiki for students)
http://randwick.sydneyinstitute.wikispaces.net/

Tony Whittingham's Teaching Wiki (Tony is a great exponent of wiki technology)
http://digitalmedia.sydneyinstitute.wikispaces.net/

Brian's Teaching Wiki ( a basic wiki for teaching one subject)
http://nengvib.sydneyinstitute.wikispaces.net/


How do I get a wiki?

Sydney Institute has its own wikispaces service which is available to all staff for TAFE purposes.
Send an email to your CEO (Chief Education Officer) who can set up a new wiki, usually within 24 hours!


How to use a Wiki

This document takes you through the process of getting started with wikis:



Get Started
This Adobe Acrobat document will step you through the basics of getting wiki membership, basic editing, adding images and further steps in using a wiki.



Help
Help and a lot of information is on the MyLearning wiki

Extend your wiki
Using a Wiki Collaboratively
This page discusses how a wiki may be used in a more collaborative way with learners.
It describes more advanced methods for wikis.


Files & Images on a Wiki

Files that are uploaded are limited to 50 Megabytes but this will take a while to upload for you and to download for students.
Try to make more reasonable file sizes if possible say up to 5 Mbyte maximum. These limits apply also to images.

It is often more useful to resize an image in a photo editor program before importing.
These dimensions show how large your image might be to judge the needed sizing.

More about Images: Click here for image examples and discussion about images.


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You can also resize the image after placing it on the page.


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