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Virtual Teamwork with a Wiki. Joanne Kinsey, M.S., CFCS Family & Community Health Sciences Educator Atlantic & Ocean Counties. What is a wiki?. Means fast in Hawaiian.

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virtual teamwork with a wiki
Virtual Teamwork with a Wiki

Joanne Kinsey, M.S., CFCS

Family & Community Health Sciences Educator

Atlantic & Ocean Counties

what is a wiki
What is a wiki?

Means fast in Hawaiian.

Wikis are a collaborative web-space where anyone can add content and anyone can edit content that has already been published. Wikis are used to accumulate knowledge & information.

A wiki can be password protected.


How can educators use a wiki?

  • Collaborating on programming
  • Develop resource materials
  • Develop agendas & other documents

Wiki Examples (good site to set up a free wiki)

why use a wiki for collaboration
Why use a wiki for collaboration?

Share important time sensitive documents, such as curricula, outlines, resource banks, article drafts, research abstracts, evaluation materials, web links, fact sheets, funding proposals, & photos.

Saves the latest draft and the history of the work.


How can a wiki save time, energy & money?

Communicate based on your schedule

Less paper?

Save mailing costs

Save travel costs

teamwork on the wiki
Teamwork on the wiki

A wiki is a place where anyone can edit documents at any time (Richardson, 2006). It is a place where members can visit a document, share thoughts, comments, edits, resources & reaction.

The business world uses wikis when communicating on project development by taking advantage of the Internet’s speed and efficiency (Brown, Huettner, & James-Tanny, 2007).

teamwork on a wiki
Teamwork on a wiki

Editing is easy on a wiki. Instead of sending messages through email every team member is working on ‘the’ document, and bypasses cluttered messages, attachments, and time lags.

There is no confusion where the latest draft or edited document is located when communicating through a wiki. (Richardson, 2006).


Wiki in the community …

…allow students/clients to work collaboratively

…journal our work

…encourages community to write and read!

…allow students/clients to locate graphics, links, annotations, and reflections to written work

5 tips to take home
5 Tips to Take Home

Wikis are commonly used on the Internet.

A wiki is a collaborative web space. You can collaborate with colleagues or plan a family trip.

Wikis can be private or public. If the wiki is private you will create a list of users.

Wikis can be used to share resources, agendas, best practices and other information.

Wikis are more efficient than using email to communicate with colleagues of friends.


“7 Things You Should Know About…” Series. EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative.

“PB Wiki In the Classroom.” PBWiki.

Brown, M. K., Huettner, B, James-Tanny, C. (2007). Managing virtual teams: Getting the most from wikis, blogs, and other collaborative tools. Plano, TX: WordWare Publishing.

Richardson, W. (2006). Blogs, wikis, podcasts and other powerful web tools. Thousand Oaks, California: Corwin Press.

contact information
Contact Information

Joanne Kinsey, MS, CFCS

Family & Community Health Sciences Educator

Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Atlantic & Ocean Counties

6260 Old Harding Highway

Mays Landing, NJ 08330

Phone: 609.625.0056

Fax: 609.625.3646