Wiki Pros and Cons


 

 

Advantages of Wikis

 

Disadvantages of Wikis

 

·         Free wiki software available.  Easy to create an account and make wiki.

 

  • Knowledge of some computer language (html) can help troubleshoot problems and make it easier to customize

·         No large amount of technical knowledge is required

 

  • Can be uncomfortable to use unfamiliar software1

     

·         Have access to wiki after the class officially ends

 

  • Possibilities of vandalism, but can be helped by password access and review of old versions.

     

·         Promotes creativity (goes beyond a plain text essay –includes multimedia)1

 

  • Difficult to authenticate the source and the qualifications of writers unless its ability to edit is controlled

     

·         In touch and interested in what other students write1

 

  • Technical support may be limited to your wiki provider (University IT services may not be able to troubleshoot)

     

·         All team members can have access to the wiki anytime anywhere3

 

  • Can possibly be time consuming for the teacher to set up (if they intend on first posting a lot of original data to get the site up)1

     

·         Have future classes expand the same wiki, creating a research center of information2

 

  • If relying on free wiki software, the company could discontinue the service or start charging

     

·         Sense of ownership1

 

  • Plagiarism and copyright issues; be sure everything is cited that is written by you and be wary that outsiders can steal what you’ve created3

     

·         Greater attention to work because anyone can read entries1

 

  • If outsiders can add entries, you may want to monitor the wiki

     

·         Expression of ideas however long or short they may be, and whenever they occur1

 

  • Easy to drastically change content from original form

     

·         Easy to share information; don’t have to send files over e-mail3

 

  • Overwhelming for teacher to grade if too many entries (tell students what assignments will be graded to combat this)1

     

·         Students get a sense of responsibility1

 

 

·         Everybody is working on the same document; no need to keep track of different versions3

 

 

·         Previous versions can be recovered if there is a need for it3

 

 

·         Great as shared online sketchpads4

 

 

·         Online space for brainstorming4

 

 

·         Perfect for creating perpetually updated lists or collections of links4

 

 

  • Easy for users to grasp utility as informal bulletin boards4

     

 

  • Learn new skills3

     

 

References for this chart:

 

1=http://www.bowdoin.edu/news/archives/english/000021.shtml

 

2=http://socialjustice.ccnmtl.columbia.edu/index.php/Main_Page

 

3=http://wik.ed.uiuc.edu/index.php/Wikis_in_Online_Education

 

4=http://www.educause.edu/pub/er/erm04/erm0452.asp?bhcp=1

 

 

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