Starting this month, Wikispaces is offering free wikis to higher education. It’s the logical next step for us, all things considered.
Where it started
Over five years ago, we had what we thought was a great idea: take 100,000 of our wikis, make them ad-free and private, and load them up with our great Plus features, then give them away — for free — to K-12 educators. That went so well, we decided to give away 250,000 more. After that, we just kept going and going.
As I’m writing this, we’ve given away 980,000 free classroom wikis for K-12 education. This has been good for educators, who need a simple, powerful way to write and work on the Internet. And it’s been really good for us, because it gets our wikis into the hands of the people who need them the most.
How it’s changing
We’re taking it to the next level. Our great ad-free, private, Plus-featured wikis are now free to higher education, as well.
With this whole new audience for our wikis, we’re extending our commitment to give away 2 million total free wikis for education. The features in these free educational wikis normally cost $50 per year, but are completely free when used for K-12 or higher education. That means wikis for teachers, students, professors, researchers, librarians — anyone and everyone using their wikis in K-12 or higher education. So spread the word and let’s achieve something great together.
If you’re using your wiki exclusively for K-12 education, find out how to upgrade your wiki and get lots of other great information here.
If you’re using your wiki exclusively for Higher Education, find out how to upgrade your wiki and get lots of other great information here.
Expanding our free wiki program is a crucial first step in changing how we think about wikis for educators. Over the next year — and beyond — we are planning to develop and release some of the tools and features that educators request most often. Plus a few that we just think will be cool. All still free, ad-free and private, because we believe that educators deserve it.