Best Practices: Dashielle Allen

  • I thought this was particularly good because it is directed at teachers. It focuses on informing teachers that no matter how wonderful their class wiki may be, they have to keep in mind that all students are different and may need more guidance than others in learning how to use the site, and trust it.
2. "To consider regarding wikis in education"
  • this section of this page lists tips similar to the first, however it also more cautionary and less informational.
  • This site is great for breaking it down. It answers the questions: Who can see, edit, or comment on the site? These questions are answered for Wikispaces, Wetpaint, and PBWiki. So depending on which wiki source you are using, this gives you infer and the publication safety you need to know.

Best Practices: Sam Salomonson
  1. This site was great to show how to get started and how you can you use wiki in education. It explains how you wiki is great to collaborate information. Its great for collaboration opportunities between classes across the school and across the world. Also this wiki is great to help your students great started and making sure they know how to use the site.
Wikis is an incredibly flexible tool and it can create an online text for your classroom. Have students use a wiki to publish information on a topic and investigate there topic.
This explains why wiki is great to use in a classroom, they have a great list why you should use it.
  • They are interactive.
  • They are student centered, not just teacher delivered.
  • They work well with Project Based Learning.
  • They extend the school day, because they are asynchronous.
  • They allow for creativity.
  • They offer new ways for students to participate in the class.
  • They improve communication.
  • They build 21st century skills.
  • They offer new ways to assess learning.
  • They are visually attractive and interesting to students.

Best Practices: Tera Tibbitts

Guidelines for education on Wikis:
One guideline that I found that I thought was good is to keep you page simple and creative. Keeping your page simple will help students and other teachers when using your page. It will also be less frustrating for them.

The best website that I found for using Wikis for education was This site had many good guidelines one can refer to when using Wikis for education purposes. A couple of ideas that this site come up with are to use Wikis to notify students about datelines and other things going on in the classroom. Another good guideline that this site had was to be as clear as you can when talking to the students. This will cause less confusion and the students will enjoy your page more.

Best Practices: Jesse Johnson
Ideas from
1. Include detailed wiki instructions/time for practice. A lot of students may not have experience working with this type of software and it can be very frustrating if you don't understand how to do what you are supposed to do.
2. Include a common goal for collaborative activities. One of the reasons to use wikis is they can be good for collaboration. Make sure everyone has a good understanding of direction and goals trying to be achieved.
3. Model examples of collaborative activities. This will help students (especially those new to wikis) understand how wikis can be a successful learning tool, and what they can do to contribute.

Best Practices: Ashley Kramer

Determine who really needs to edit the wiki. Too many editors make for inconsistent wiki or dueling editing.

This site had rules for this class wiki specifically, but I think these guidelines can be useful to everyone. For example one of the tips was to not give out any personal information.

Make sure you know everyone who has access to the wiki.

Best Practices: Brittany Duncan
  • Include a common goal for collaborative activities-- This will help motivate students to work together on completing the goal/task or project.
  • Consideration of the audience-- Who is the audience of the wiki? Figure it out and direct it towards that audience
  • Make an "about page"-- Students will learn to understand more fully what they are learning about and why.

Best Practices: Kurtis Hancock

  • The wiki should have a clear category structure to help reader navigate around the site.
  • Every content page should be in a category
  • The Wiki should not use offensive language

  • contribute to other wikis
  • start with structure
  • add useful content
  • encourage people to respond
  • focus
  • regular reviews

Best Practices: Logan Aggie

1. Be aware of new users: Because many people have not used wikis before, provide instructions on the best way to use wikis (especially when using in the classroom or a work environment) and allow time for people to practice getting good at it.
2. Define your Objective: Make sure that you are clear about what you are using the wiki for so people have a clear understanding of how it is to be used.
3. No personal information: As with all forms of web, be sure not to disclose personal information as it might fall into the hands of the wrong person. Use common sense.

Best Practices: Greg Cox

After searching through different websites about the best way to establish a wiki page, I decided to use the ideas from the following website because they encapsulate everything pretty well...
1. Focus: You need to have a subject in mind that you want your wiki's focus to be on. If you don't know what you're wiki is going to be about, then people won't care to use it or know what to do with it. Just like with [[#|instructional design]], you need to have your [[#|big idea]], or what you hope to accomplish with it made up before you start.
2. Start with structure: You need to be able to organize your wiki in a way that is conducive to being navigated by the users you wish to be using your wiki. If it's a class wiki, you need to make it usable to their intelligence level. If it's a wiki for teach professionals, you shoudl adjust accordingly.
3. Plant the Seeds: Set up different wiki pages so users will know how to edit a particular page of information. Build each page loosely so you provide them a framework in which to handle, but don't be a sole owner of it or there is no use for the wiki.
4. Calling all users: Get the word out about your wiki. Make sure you get it out into different blogs and wikis that will attract the follower and user you are looking for. If you don't have participants in your wiki, then it's of no use.
5. R-E-S-P-E-C-T: Show your gratitude to those that contribute the most to your page. Whether it be posting or editing.
6. Regular Reviews: Create a small group that is in charge of regulating the wiki. Make sure information is current and up-to-date. Be on the lookout for any bad images, comments, or videos. Also, make sure the structure of the blog that you originally set out with is still being used and not changed by a person's bad addition.
7. Content is King: Be sure to continually add information to your blog. Don't worry about it looking perfect or having correct grammar. The intent and purpose for a blog is to help people obtain some sort of information or idea, make sure there is enough content in there for them to find an answer. That pretty much sums up some good ways to make sure your wiki page is successful and useful.

Best Practices: Will Hatch
The following are some of the best practices for integrating wikis into classroom environment. These suggestions could work well for a distance education course or to enrich a traditional face to face classroom. Use a wiki for:
1. Group Lecture Notes: Creating a wiki for group lecture note creates a place where student can easily share lecture notes. This can help student who missed information get access to class notes. It can also help student get a more complete idea of the emphasis of the lecture.
2. Group Projects: Creating a wiki for a group project creates a virtual environment where group members can collaborate. Students can use wikis to share research and ideas, develop & collaborate on drafts, and post a final product. In many of my ITLS classes thus far I have used wikis to collaborate on group work in a virtual environment
3. Brainstorming: Rather than doing a brainstorming session face to face, teachers can create a wiki and assign students to contribute ideas around a specific topic.
4. Contribute to Other Wikis: A teacher could assign students to contribute to a specified topic on some other wiki site such as Wikipedia or Wikiversity as an assignment. As part of Brian Belland's foundations course we create a knowledgebase wiki. In groups we were assigned to research and post information about famous figures and and design strategies for the ITLS field. Contributing to the class wiki/knowledge base was a major part of the class.

5. Use Conventions or Patterns: In order to help the look of the Wiki stay consistent, specify a patter or a set of conventions that entries must adhere to. (Font/Size/Spacing, etc)
6. Make Expectations Clear: Help students understand how you expect them to use the wiki. Providing students with a rubric that explains how their participation in the wiki will be assessed.
7. Provide instructions & time for students to learn how to use the wiki: Because wikis are a relatively new technology many students will not know how to use them. It is important to provide students with links to tutorials on how to use the wiki. It is also important to plan time in the course for students to experiment and learn to use wikis.

Best Practices: Kelsey Parker

1. Wikis can be used as a way to help students get missed material. They can be used to post notes and other materials for the class. I think this is a valuable feature of the wiki because it would allow one to stay updated on material even if they were absent from school. It would even allow them to get a better understanding of the materials outside of the classroom. Link 1
2. It is important to make sure the content on your wiki is reliable and true. Have someone who is educated in the information that is posted on your wiki check it often to make sure it contains valuable information. This is important because if people are looking at your wiki you want them to get information that is true and will benefit them so that they will return to your wiki. Link 2
3. The wiki should be organized and structured. This allows one to navigate around the wiki and to different pages without confusion. It is also important to avoid language that is offensive. This is helpful when your wiki has many different features. Keeping it organized helps people navigate through the different material, and find what they are looking for. Link 3

Best Practices: Samantha Reeves

1) talked a lot about editing rules. It states, "Determine who really needs to edit the wiki. Too many editors might make for inconsistent wiki or dueling edits." I think when making an educational Wikispace, it should be strictly students in the class and the teacher of that class who are able to edit the page.
2) discussed the importance of a clean, clear, and creative design for your Wikispace. Include student creativity to make the page original and personal to your class.
3) is all about internet safety, particularly for students using Wiispaces for educational purposes. It states,"Do not disclose personal information - Encourage your students to use only their first names, and not to upload personal photos. Students who blog publicly use only first names and avatars in place of photos." This is so important for the safety of student privacy. And I believe it's a concept that should be constantly reinforced in the classroom setting as well as on the Wikispace.

Best Practices: Bret Barton

1. Create a culture of trust within the wiki: I think it’s important for the host of the page to set the tone for the rest of the users. Encouraging kindness, good language, and maybe setting up some icebreaker activities to create a culture of comfort can be important in helping everyone feel engaged.
2. Provide instructions and allow for practice: Many may be experiencing a wiki for the first time, so it’s important to provide any necessary instructions and make practice an important part of activities.
3. Respect editing rules for style and content organization: Most wiki sites follow general rules to standardize organization of contents within a page. These general rules should be followed as much as possible to make production and knowledge retrieval easy.
4. Model examples of collaborative activities: Good examples of collaboration in activities are important to provide for those who may be new to the wiki and it’s intended use.
5. Do not disclose personal information: Safety and [[#|protection]] of personal information should be the number one priority. Students should be encouraged to use only first names. They should also be encouraged not to upload personal photos.
6. Invite parents to join: Parents of younger students can and should be invited to participate. They can subscribe to RSS feeds and notifications so they are aware of what their children and learning and participating in.

Best Practices: Brieanna Allen

There are several practices and guidelines that should be followed when using wiki, especially within the classroom. The four that I found most important include:
1. Do not disclose personal information ( In my opinion, this is the most important rule. Wiki's can be incredibly valuable in the learning process but more important than that, is protecting our children from predators and other things that could cause them harm.
2. Respect ( Students should be taught the importance of respect when it comes to their fellow students and their teacher. This is a lesson that must be learned at a young age in order to help them apply it to other aspects of their lives as they age.
3. The wiki should have focus ( This is important because focus is the driving force that makes the wiki successful. Without focus, students would lose patience with making blind stabs in the dark and would not have anything to work toward.
4. Contribute to other Wikis ( Although this rule is not usually mentioned, it is incredibly important because the wiki website runs on the interactions between users. Besides creating their own page, contributing to others' pages will help students learn valuable lessons that they could not learn any other way.

Best Practices: Diane Jones

There were several sites about Wikis best practices. I found these three sites that I feel gave good information about using Wikis. I gave you a little description on some information that each site has.

1) Creating a wiki for group lecture notes after a lecture gives students a chance to combine all their notes.

2)Ask first, and then give credit. Ask an artist's permission to post their photos, pictures or pieces of writing. Never use first and last names of people that could identify them in a photo or video. You must also ask permission when using an idea from a friend, a family member, or even from an acquaintance. After you have his/her permission, then you must ask if you can post his/her name to give him/her credit. If you know anyone who is breaking any part of this rule, it is very important to tell someone who can help immediately.

3)Lots of people ask for wiki best practices – these are a broad set for multi-purpose wikis on topics from video games and TV shows to food and fashion. It does offer a bar to reach for any wiki.

Best Practices: Brad Ward

1. When creating a WIKI for your students (like this assignment) be patient and know that each student learns differently and some may need a little technology help and won't just catch right on to what you are doing and what your plan is for them to do.
2.Make sure you set up an Etiquette guideline page so you know what you expect and what others expect to be posted on this site. As well as what not to post. If you don't state what you want or don't want and they post something you don't like you can't get mad because you didn't specify.
3.Another good practice is to have a detailed assignment that the students need to follow, keep up on the assignment and make sure due dates are posted. The more you inform the students of what you expect the more detail they will give you back.

Best Practices: Kim Moeller
1. Have a common goal for participants – This article suggested setting up a wiki that would require the participation of all the students. Having a clear goal so the students know what they are working toward is also important.
2. Assign meaningful authentic activities – Activities should be for a purpose and not just time wasters. If using wikis to support problem based learning, the activities will be meaningful.
3. Construct and require participants to abide by wiki conventions. – Students should be informed on what the rules of the wiki are. This article suggested posting the guidelines on the home page to remind the students to be polite, nice and democratic.
4. Create a culture of trust - Students need to feel comfortable when contributing to the wiki. It is important that a teacher continue to monitor posts to ensure all the content is appropriate. The teacher my also make comments about student postings to help build confidence and trust with their students.

Best Practices: <Jordan Wayment>

for the best explanation on how to have the best practice here is a wiki that will break it down for you its the top ten best practices for using wikis in education i wont tell you every think that is on it but they talk about how to be paitent create a culture of wiki kinda theme
use proper format for good practice of when you have your reader look into your wiki and be professional have a clear point of what you are trying to explain don't make sure to have a open mined and take feed back form other it will help you out greatly
it always helps for good practice is to be organize then people will be able to know when stuff is coming up like events assignment class times ext and there is a way you can keep all this organized on a wiki this wiki will show you that its easy to keep things organized you can put calendar dates on there and times

Best Practices: David Nelson

This wiki mainly is for using wikis in a classroom setting. However, I feel that these guidelines should be used by everyone.

Do not disclose personal information – This section discusses information that should not be posted on to a wiki as you don’t know who may access the information posted on the wiki.

Learn about the [[#|security tools]] that are available to you – I think that this section is good in that in would require you to research what tools wiki has that can further protect the information that you and others post to your wiki.

Create a private wiki – I believe that this is a good remainder that when creating a wiki. You should only limit who can access and post on it to select people.

Best Practices: <Jessica Christiansen >
--Be polite on wikis—especially if you are editing someone else’s posts. Watch for editing battles where people edit and un-edit and re-edit a topic because they think they are right. If someone uses poor grammar or is incorrect on their facts, don’t point it out; edit it and move on.
--Set up rules, a topic, and format for the wiki page. People ought to know what the site is about, what they should be posting and editing, and how they are permitted to do so. Instructions may need to be included, and if the space is large enough there might be a page set up for guidelines.
--Safety for wiki spaces can be an issue. Use a neutral voice, let lots of people edit and post, and don’t casually post personal information.

Best Practices: Shauna LaBeau

Appeal to a niche: An effective Wiki should fill a gap that exists for a certain group. In regards to this class that group would be educators. The content should be helpful for the target audience so they feel like they are learning something from the Wiki. Regular updates are also important so people do not forget about the Wiki.
Actively engage students: An academically useful Wiki should engage students. It is not sufficient to use a Wiki to have students merely complete worksheets. There are some fantastic Wiki’s that allow students to be active learners with reading assignments, science experiments, and history projects. With group work teachers can track who logged on to the Wiki page and see who participated. Wikis can also be used as a supplemental teaching tool if students are sick. Teachers have the ability to put their class lectures and other important notes on the Wiki so students can log on and work through the problems. Virtual Field trips are another great way to engage students as they have the opportunity to visit places they would not be able to go to otherwise.
Create a culture of trust within the wiki: Teachers must create a feeling of trust so students feel safe to participate and use the Wiki in their [[#|educational]] settings. As cyber bulling becomes more of a problem teachers must make sure they monitor their sites and if any problems do arise within the cyber class they must address them as quickly as possible.
Provide Clear and Explicit Instructions: When teachers use Wikis for assignments they must make sure that they are patient with students who are unfamiliar with technology. The must also be very clear with their requirements and instructions so that students will know exactly what is expected of them.
Create clear conventions or rules for the Wiki: A list of classroom Wiki rules should be listed in an accessible location on the Wiki so that students are aware of what will and will not be tolerated. In order to give students ownership over their environment they should be asked to participate and include their ideas on what rules are necessary.

Best Practices: <Jon Price>

I was able to find a list of 10 practices and/or guideline for education based wikis here:
The 3 main ones that I'd like to point out on this wiki are the following:
1. Create a culture of trust within the Wiki. As I mentioned in my best practices for blogging, reputation is a big part of every persons life and you don't want to destroy yours in any sense.

2. Include a common goal for collaborative activities. I think Wiki's are a great tool already and I just learned about them today! What makes them great in my opinion however is that they can be used as educational as long as everyone who is using it understands the goal of the Wiki and doesn't provide worthless content that doesn't add to the achievement of that goal.

3. Be patient with students and realize they may require technical assistance as they learn how to participate in a wiki environment. Technology is easy for many people to understand in fact one could argue that that's the point of technology, to make life easier, however, some people do struggle with different aspects of technology and may need help at first figuring it out. After they figure it out I'm sure it will be smooth sailing but it would be important for every member of the wiki to be patient with others as they learn.

Best Practices <Kurtis Hancock>

My first one i love since it kind of was talking about me just a few minutes ago. It says to be patient with your students because not all students are tech savvy that would be me for sure.

You need to have someone that actively manages the wiki and updates it on a regular basis. People are not going to trust or follow a wiki that is no up to date with the latest information no matter what the wiki is about or whom it is about.

The third one i was reading has valuable information. It tell you to never release your personal information on a wiki if you are developing one it makes it way to easy for someone to take advantage of you. Be truthful in what you are writing and posting about. Do your research be creditable so you don't look dumb as the author.

Best Practices: Kimberly Davis

1. Keep safe. Safety always has to be the number one priority. Students need to be educated on what information can and cannot be included in their posts.
2. Ask first, then give credit. It’s important to teach students the importance of asking permission to use any artwork or material that has been created by someone else and then to make sure the creator is given credit for the work.
3. Include detailed wiki instructions or a link on the home page and provide time for practice. Instructors shouldn’t assume that students know how to use a wiki. They need to make sure students are comfortable using the wiki before they post requirements.
4. Post wiki conventions and require participants to abide by them. Rules need to be explained thoroughly before students start using the wiki. A classroom wiki should be a safe place for students to post their work and collaborate with others.
5. Assign meaningful, authentic activities. Regardless of [[#|the technology]] used in a classroom, the activities must be authentic and valuable to the student's educational experience.

Best Practices: Ashley Little
  • Avoid language that may come across as strong or offensive.
    • You should always try to be a professional online. Most people do not care to read rants and distasteful content. There is enough on the internet to be offended by, you do not need to contribute to the filth.
  • Write to a point and stay on topic.
    • You do not want to confuse your readers and especially when writing for an online course, the teacher would like to read the answer/comment and move on to the next.
  • An online classroom is still a classroom.
    • There must be respect for fellow classmates and the instructor. If you wouldn't say it to someone's face, why would you say it online?
  • Consider privacy of others.
    • I do not like it when my personal information is given out and I would argue that is common with the vast majority of people. Permission should always be obtained before releasing personal information.
  • No inappropriate material.
    • Online classroom is for educational purposes only. It is not there to joke around or infect other people's computers with viruses or offensive images.

Best Practices: Flint Mensah

Create a culture of trust within the wiki:
It think this is very important since students should feel safe and comfortable using a wiki ( new learning environment in most cases) in order for them to contribute meaningfully.

Post wiki conventions and require participants to abide by them:
Students should know what the rules and expectations and ensure that they are constantly reminded to abide by the rules so the wiki becomes an attractive and less disruptive learning environment.

Decide upon who should be able to see/edit the wiki - Classroom versus the world :
Deciding this upfront help you determine what can and cannot be posted on the site

Develop standards for the wiki (could be student-generated) :
Expectation in terms of language usage - grammer, spellings etc., respect for different opinions,plagiarism etc. is very important and should be clearly spelt out, and can even be developed with the students.

Best Practices: Natalie Behl

The best website I found on best practices is here:
A few that I could relate to on this site were 1) using examples for activities, and 2) be patient with students as they navigate their way around the wiki and learn to use it properly. If I were a student using a wiki for class, these would be very important to me. Because I am a visual learner, examples are always helpful to me to know what exactly I need to do. Also, it takes some time to adjust to new things, so patience is always a good thing to have.
Another site that contained some good tips is here:
My favorite tip here was to keep it short and sweet and logical. Sometimes it's nice to read lengthy posts, but often times, we just want the information we are looking for or need, so having to scroll through to find what you need can be tedious. There are some great things that can be done without writing novels for every post.

Best Practices: Deborah Hathaway
If in charge of the wiki, post the rules and make sure students follow them
With a list of rules specified, it makes it easier for people to know what they can and can’t do. By giving specific guidelines, the wiki can be used by the majority of people to the best of its ability.
Make sure you know who need to edit the wiki
This is important because if too many people are editing a work, then it could get out of hand. If students in the classroom are allowed to edit, that’s one thing, but if the parents are soon allowed permission, it will make the wikis inauthentic to the classroom.
Make sure you protect your students
This can be done by simply allowing only certain people to edit, as well as see the wiki itself. If the classroom is filled with a younger audience, it would be important for their safety to be protected, so making a private wiki would be best.

Wikis Best Practices: Tricia Iverson

I found this great page that as a few things I really liked. I would have used all of them but thought I should look at other sites as well.
Develop clear objectives.
Develop standards.
Create a culture of trust.
Focus (it needs to appeal to a niche that is not entirely satisfied elsewhere.
RESPECT reputation is important to the community.

Wiki Best Practices: Nicolle Dickey (6205)
1- Include detailed wiki instructions or a link on the home page and provide time for practice: students need time to practice the technology of the tool before benefiting from the tool. Give them low-stakes practice pages to do things like describing a few things about selves and posting a picture, and let them know they can’t mess it up entirely because there are saved pages as it goes.
2- Include a common goal for collaborative activities. My instructor one semester had each of our teams dedicate the first page of our team wiki to the goals of the team. It helped us stay focused on the subsequent steps of the project when we could go back to our goals page.
3-Model examples of collaborative activities. This is extremely important and relevant to me as a student because I need examples of what is expected or how something should look. Otherwise, I get so caught up in worrying that I’m doing it wrong and won’t know until it’s too late, that I freeze up. This is especially true for wikis because the students’ work is there for the class to see, and it can be intimidating to go about it all wrong in front of everyone. It’s demotivating. Examples are the bomb!
4-Define clear student roles, activities, and assessments. The rather chaotic nature of a wiki environment, where everyone is the author and a lot of information is put up, makes it even more critical that the teacher makes sense of some of it for students. Defining their roles, the activities expected, and how their contributions to the wiki will be assessed all go toward eliciting what the teacher desires from the wiki and the student.
5. Use wikis to synthesize multiple points of view and generate new ideas. This is an excellent practice, and I find it more useful than interesting to use it as a discussion/synthesis tool than as a content dumping site. Synthesizing and discussing points of view in this way is transparent—everyone viewing the wiki gets to see not only final decisions, but the process students used in arriving there.

Wiki Best Practices: Chelsea Bergstrom
1. make sure you are correctly hyperlinking and test your hyperlinks. Something may have gone wrong, and you never know if you dont check!
2. Make sure if you are using wikis for education that you give students time to explore and practice with the wiki. Post clear instructions on the page as well. Screen shots of the correct way to navigate and edit the page may be effective.
3. Require students to regularly use the wiki and make sure they stay active in the discussions on the wiki. Wikis are great for discussion and conversation and by giving points for posts once a week can greatly improve the success of an educational wiki. Also make sure they are abiding by the rules and posting appropriate, educational things on the wiki.

Wiki Best Practices: Christian Hathaway

Keep Safe: Never post your personal information or information about someone else.
It makes sense not to post your personal information online. This could be anything from your name/address/phone number/photos or a combination of all. If you care about your identity and don’t want to fall victim to identity theft, don’t post personal information on a wiki.

Post wiki rules: Ask that participants keep rules when posted and editing pages.
If people fail to abide by the rules the wiki could become a problem, not to mention a mess! This is especially true if there are a number of individuals contributing to the wiki. It is important that style guides be in place before students post content and edit pages and that they understand that posting unapproved content could affect their grade.

Respect for the Individual: ‘If you are going to play then play nice’
Don’t purposefully delete or change a post or delete a contributor’s name out of spite, hatred or pride. Remember that YOU still have much to learn. If a contribution is incorrect try to contact the person who posted the article before changing it and always provide links of the source material to back-up why the material has been changed or corrected.

Maintain and review content:Make sure to update your content to keep it current.
Not everything that people post on your wiki will be entirely accurate. It is especially important to keep information as accurate as possible to maintain the integrity of your wiki. If people find even a single piece of information they will doubt the validity of your other material. Try to set a time very week or month, depending on how active your wiki page is, to check the updates others have made.

Have structure and focus: Find a topic, organize, and stick to it.
Without a certain topic or focus subject a wiki can become chaotic. It’s important, if you want to keep in line with best practices, to know what your wiki is about. If you can’t define it how can anyone else? Try to give a description on the home page, or an about page, to help people who stumble onto your blog understand. This can also help to maintain order and keep people on topic.

Wiki Best Practices: Michael Caruso

The following practices are ones I have found are great guidelines for Wikis

1. Have a Clear Objective: This means letting the students/user know what the wiki is all about. Often times the home page is a great place to do this. A clear objective also means that there is a clear goal or outcome that can be achieved by using the information contained within the wiki's pages.

2. Have Relevant Content that Applies to Your Audience: The material that you have within your wiki site should be relevant to your learning objectives and at a level your learners will understand. This takes planning, but it will make your wiki more accessible to those you wish to teach. A good way to accomplish this is to ask yourself questions about your students, your teaching objectives, and the audience that you envision using your wiki.

3. Have Rules and Guidelines in Place: These include the conduct of the participants, and also who has access to the wiki. This will protect you and your students. It will also make it clear what is appropriate and what isn't. Thoroughly deciding on the environment your wiki is to create will make it much easier to come up with rules and guidelines for your wiki.

Best practices: Landon Siddoway
Basic understanding:
This website has the basic do's and dont's for having safe online wikis. It talks about not giving our your personal information and not stealing copy righted material.
Clear and Concise:
It talks about having a clear understanding about what is expected from them and what is expected from the assignment. It also talks about how some people aren’t tech savvy and that some people may need help setting it up and help with being able to navigate through the page.
Proof read and keep on topic: Don’t rush things to make a deadline. Read and re read it until there are no mistakes. Don’t go off talking about something that has nothing to do about the wiki. Don’t discuss things that are irrelevant.

Danielle Jacobsen

This wiki has some great advice on how to improve student participation and acceptance of using a wiki. Here are a few guidelines they mention:
  1. Include detailed wiki instruction. Because most students have never used a wiki before, the teacher should provide instructions on how to navigate through the wiki. By doing this, students would be more likely to participate in using the wiki because they will feel more comfortable with how the wiki works.
  2. Create a sense of trust within the wiki. Teachers can create trust within the wiki by doing activities on the wiki that can help the other students get to know each other, which can help students feel a part of a classroom.
  3. Provide clear instructions for students to meet expectations. If the teacher is using a wiki, they need to provide very clear instructions so students know exactly what the teacher expects of them.