WWW: The Wonderful World of Wikis

Marianne Miserandino
Arcadia University
NITOP 2008
Poster Session

The Untapped Potential of Wikis in the Teaching of Psychology

1. Incorporate links, slides, videos, notes, graphics, audio, spreadsheets, etc.

2. Research collaboration, group coordination, collaborative writing, etc.

3. Keep track of contributions to a group project.

4. Creative class assignments: Contribute to a standard wiki, establish an original a wiki, create an online textbook, create an online handbook, create study guides, etc.

5. Create or contribute to an online textbook. e.g. The California Open Source Textbook Project(COSTP) has a begun - in cooperation with Wikpedia a World History pilot for 9th grade World History-Social Studies based on California State Curriculum Standards.

6. Share and disseminate lesson plans. e.g. The Teachers Lounge and Introductory Psychology Resources

7. Establish departmental page with resources and requirements for majors. e.g. Canisius College Psychology Department

How can I Join the Wonderful World of Wikis?

1. Contribute to an established wiki:

	e.g. Personality Pedagogy 
 	     Introductory Psychology Resources
              Psychology Portal on Wikipedia
              The Psychology Wiki

2. Utilize wiki capability with Blackboard, WebCt, or a similar course management program.

3. Start a wiki "from scratch": “you install whatever wiki engine you choose. You control everything. Either on your own hardware, or on any suitable web host” (Wikipedia contributors, 2007). Consult your local IT staff to set up PMwiki, PHP, Perl or other wiki software on your computer system

4. Start a "hosted wiki": “most technical decisions and support issues are handled by someone else, and you handle the social aspects of growing the wiki” (Wikipedia contributors, 2007). Many free wiki-hosting sites are available


Wikipedia contributors (2007). How to start a wiki. Retrieved December 11, 2007, from Wikibooks:

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