Tips and tricks: Group work in wikis

You could use a wiki all by yourself: You could use it to publish your work, or post your links, or keep your notes accessible and organized. You could run a solo wiki and it would still be a pretty valuable tool — but you wouldn’t be getting nearly as much out of it as the people who use it in groups.

Because, as everyone knows, wikis are at their best when they are used for collaboration. And since Wikispaces is always working on better tools for educators, our wikis have lots of features to make classroom collaboration and group work better and easier.

Organize group work with Projects
Assigning group projects for your students is easy, but managing those assignments can be hard. It takes a lot of scheduling, and it can be tricky to make sure that everyone is doing their fair share of the work.

Projects let you cordon off little sections of your wiki and hand them over to groups of students. And as a teacher, you can manage the permissions on those teams and check in regularly on content as it progresses, which is pretty neat.

Encourage discussion
Every page on your wiki can have its own dedicated discussion board. Depending on the type of assignment the group is working on, you can use it in any number of ways: Teachers can pose open-ended topics for discussion. Students can ask the teacher for help or clarification. You can even hold lively debates — and, however you use your discussions, every query and post stays with the work on the wiki.

Give feedback and comments
Our comments feature lets you scribble notes in the margins of a wiki page (figuratively speaking). This means different things to different people. For teachers, it’s a way to ask pointed questions about specific passages, to guide students in the right direction as they work, and to give more meaningful feedback during assessment. For students working together, it’s a way to communicate more efficiently throughout the project and to engage in peer review.

Schedule Project-related Events
If you have Projects on your wiki (and all education wikis will have Projects), you also have the ability to schedule Events. These let you schedule certain activities ahead of time, so you can lock or unlock projects for editing, send student reminders about dues dates, archive Projects, and more.

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11 Comments

  1. Posted April 21, 2012 at 11:07 am | Permalink

    Love this help!

  2. Posted April 25, 2012 at 3:40 pm | Permalink

    I want to have two owners for my wikispace but I don’t know how
    Is the a way to do this.

  3. Posted May 8, 2012 at 1:26 pm | Permalink

    me gusta este sitio de wiki porque en el puedes hacer cosas entretenidas en las que no crees poder hacerlo porque en este website normalmente no sale

  4. Huda_Humood86
    Posted May 15, 2012 at 9:32 am | Permalink

    I am a new member in Wiki i really need to get to know more about this space

  5. Posted May 16, 2012 at 7:47 am | Permalink

    congratz everone summer is here

  6. Marcela_Ferrera
    Posted May 21, 2012 at 4:26 am | Permalink

    excelente iniciativa, estoy segura generará un foro de discusión de calidad

  7. Janice Carisi
    Posted May 28, 2012 at 9:15 am | Permalink

    Thanks for the opportunity to collaborate.

  8. Martin Laban
    Posted May 29, 2012 at 2:20 pm | Permalink

    It is a great idea to share points of view and also learn to each other interesting things from all over the world.

  9. CAS246Suong
    Posted May 31, 2012 at 12:38 pm | Permalink

    Wikispaces is brand new to me. I need to explore more about this site.

  10. Posted June 1, 2012 at 3:32 am | Permalink

    I´m new in this group but I hope you to help me to do this! I´m in my sixties but I´d like to enjoy with my stdts working together in this site

  11. Julie Dorsey
    Posted June 22, 2012 at 8:50 am | Permalink

    how can I add a blog space on one of my pages? For example, on one of my pages on my wikipage, i was to have a discussion board section (already added), a resources section with useful docs (already added), and then a “blog” section, where only one person can keep a running blog about experiences, and other users can read this blog, but can’t contribute…?

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