Brady Allen

The safety precautions that you use for most things on the internet apply here as well. I was able to find a website that gives you a good list of do's and don't when working with Wikis.

Some of the do's are:
Do use the internet for homework! It is a great source of information so take advantage of it!
Respect others privacy!
Be mindful of viruses as you download and copy programs for the internet.

Some of the don't are:
Don't give away any personal information including passwords.
Don't download any copyright information.
Don't try and break into other peoples computers. It is a crime.
Don't respond to any messages that make you feel uncomfortable.
Wiki Safety

Ashley Jones

1.Include detailed wiki instructions or a link on the home page and provide time for practice •Most students have never used a wiki before and will need instructions and practice on how to actually use the software.

2.Define and identify student roles, activities, and assessments

3.Provide clear and explicit course expectations

4. Wikis work best in a problem-solving environment or something that requires common goals and collaboration. This will help motivate students to work together

5. Security and safety. Protect your students online

Makenzie Anderson
1. Post descriptive instructions or provide a link on the home page.
This step is important in being clear with the audience and making sure they fully understand the instructions.
2. Post wiki conversations and insist others to join.
By following step one and continuing on to this step will keep the learning environment uplifting. Conversations
on wiki are very important.
3. Work with students and be understanding and patient.
Everyone works at a different pace, it is important to work with those that aren't familiar with wiki until they
understand and catch on.
4. Create trust.
By creating a comfortable environment so that students are able to talk with their peers and have conversations
5. Create clear expectations
In order to achieve coarse goals make the course expectations so students clearly understand.

All of these ideas are great for being clear and consistent for first time users. Wikis can be complicated but
it is important to be understanding and be descriptive.

Alyse Montgomery

1. Wikis can be great for school purposes, especially for groups. Groups can contribute and from specific topics. Anybody can become a publisher and students can also rely on wiki as a reliable source.
2. Be careful not to copy and paste information. Its okay to summarize things but make sure you still incorporate a URL.
3. It helps to put links in your wiki. If your talking about a specific topic, its helpful to your followers to go to links about information your talking about. You can also add in links on information that relates to your topic.
These can be very helpful for a first time user. Wikis can be confusing, so sometimes its helpful to know what to put into your wikis and things that can help your followers as well.

Victoria Cardon

I found a wikispace about wiki safety. It's specifically anchored toward safety in the K-12 classroom. It's got a list of do's and don'ts with regards to being a good "cybercitizen." With so many crazy people out there, you can't just ignore internet protocol.

Do's: Using the internet and wiki's for homework is a good thing. There's a lot of good information out there. Respect others. Be careful when downloading things.
Don'ts: Do not give away your password and personal information (obviously, but this is basic information for everyone). Don't answer messages or people that seem sketchy. Best to avoid that kind of thing. Don't steal others' information or copyright things.

Follow these simple guidelines and you'll be okay.

Hannah Hodgson
Guidelines for Wiki-Usage
1. Be Safe. Information provided on wikis are accessible to anyone with an internet connection. Therefore, the sharing of personal information should be limited in order to ensure one's safety.
2. Acknowledge things that are not your own and avoid duplication. Before a person posts on a wiki, they should read the information that's already there so they don't duplicate what's already there. They should also be sure to give credit to the true authors of the information they share by citing the sources they received it from.
3. Pay attention to format and understand-ability. Information on wikis should be easy to access and easy to understand. This can be made possible by taking care to use appropriate language and avoiding strange formats.

Gilbert Ulibarri - Guidelines for best practices for education-based wikis.
1. Include detailed wiki instructions or a link on the home page and provide time for practice.
2. Post wiki conventions and require participants to abide by them
3. Be patient with students and realize they may require technical assistance as they learn how to participate in a wiki environment
4. Create a culture of trust within the wiki
5. Provide clear and explicit course expectations
6. Assign meaningful, authentic activities
7. Include a common goal for collaborative activities
8. Define and identify student roles, activities, and assessments.
9. Remind students of course deadlines and schedules
The list is great and has a fairly good definition for all listed. Most will have a small paragraph that expands upon these guidelines. I guess you would say they make sense, how do we keep the wheels of education moving. We all have busy lives and the use of technology can allow us to “learn on the go”, or remotely, if we can handle the freedom.

Kyle Jensen

As with the blogs and other social media there is a need to be cautious. These guidelines will help you stay safe while using wikis. The site
the guidelines you need to follow. The first is assign meaningful, authentic activities. This is important because it gets the class interested in the topic or activity. Next is be patient with students and realize they may require technical assistance as they learn how to participate in a wiki environment. If the student is lost then the wiki is not successful and the student will get frustrated and quit. Last is remind students of course deadlines and schedules. This is important because even if the student does the work it wont matter unless they turn it in. Use these guidelines to have a successful wiki.

Jared Liechty

As I searched for some of the best practices with the use of Wiki's there are a few sites that have the same information, The site that I used is 1. require participants to abide by the rules of the site, I think it is important for the students to have rules or guidelines as they use the wiki. 2. Create a culture of trust within the wiki, the students need to be able to use the wiki without problems and have a sense of trust and feel comfortable as they use the site. 3. Provide clear and explicit course expectations, students using the wikis need to know what they need to do and have a good understanding of the direction they need to go in as they use the wiki.

Brandi Babbitt

With any form of media being used with education comes risks. I decided to find the best practices through and educator as most people who are taking this class will be at some point. With my major being Community Health, I know I will be using my skills as an educator and Wiki's are very likely going to be a great place for students to come and participate together and well as interact with the teacher.
One of the most important is to protect your students. I think this is a major factor with any source of media being used in the classroom setting. With as many people there are that are out to get people, businesses, and young people it is better to be safe than sorry. This website has a ton of tips on how to protect your students including creating a private wiki/blog, don't disclose personal info, linking, filtering out junk, etc.

Be patient with students and realize they may require technical assistance as they learn how to participate in a wiki environment. I have always thought of myself as someone who is fairly up to date with the new things on the web, but I am wrong. There are so many new things and I don't there are enough hours in the day to be tech savy and keep up to date with all the new things that media and the internet has to offer. I know if my teachers at the university aren't patient with my learning curve and all the new things the internet has to offer, they will have a lot of students failing.
This wiki had video's embedded into them to take the best practices and put them into slide shows. Create a culture of trust among wiki participants. It takes trust to trust someone and it takes an open mind to open a wiki and use trust that it is safe. By making a wiki a place where students can go to put info on the wiki and to converse with teachers and other students, the learning environment can be enhance a lot. Creating a trust bond is important.

Julie Patterson

The guidelines and practices I chose come from a teacher perspective. I chose to look at practices through a teach lens because I assume that most teachers and educators are the ones who actually create the wiki page for their students and because I hope to be an educator in my field in the future. The guidelines I chose to highlight come from the 10 Best Practices for Using Wikis in Education blog.

1. Include detailed wiki instructions or a link on the home page and provide time for practice
I chose this guideline because I think it is important that students have time to practice using a wiki page and get accustomed to the way it works before they are expected to edit or be graded on a post.

2. Be patient with students and realize they may require technical assistance as they learn how to participate in a wiki environment
I believe this suggestion is important for teachers to understand because many students, such as myself, are not extremely tech-savy, and may have difficulties navigating a page. I also think it is important for educators to be aware that a number of internet or computer complications could potentially occur.

3. Create a culture of trust within the wiki
I believe this guideline is by far the most important. When I posted my first assignment about wiki pedagogy I thought about how easy it would be for someone to delete my post and use it as their own, or accidentally delete it. I think trust among classmates is something that needs to be established and discussed before a wiki page is even created.

4. Include a common goal for collaborative activities
I think it is important to motivate students to work together and collaborate with one another on completing a task or project.

Garrett Schiffman

I have thought about teaching and if I was to go into that field, I would use either a Blog or a Wiki to keep students and parents up to speed on current issues. I would also require my students to post or comment something that they were taught from the week online, but I would require them to follow these guidelines. Which if you read are guidelines that are designed to educate and help one use tact when responding. Click here to be direct to source.

1. Respect Yourself. I will show respect for myself through my actions.
I will select online names that are appropriate,
I will consider the information and images that I post online.
I will consider what personal information about my life, experiences, experimentation or relationships I post.
I will not be obscene.
2. Protect Yourself. I will ensure that the information, images and materials I post online will not put me at risk.
I will not publish my personal details, contact details or a schedule of my activities.
I will report any attacks or inappropriate behavior directed at me and I will seek support from appropriate people or organizations.
I will protect passwords, accounts and resources.
3. Respect Others.I will show respect to others.
I will not use electronic mediums to flame, bully, harass or stalk other people.
I will show respect for other people in my choice of websites,
I will not visit sites that are degrading, pornographic, racist or inappropriate.
I will not abuse my rights of access and I will not enter other people's private spaces or areas.
4. Protect Others. I will protect others by reporting abuse, not forwarding inappropriate materials or communications; and not visiting sites that are degrading, pornographic, racist or inappropriate.
I will moderate unacceptable materials and conversations, reporting conversations that are inappropriate or unacceptable.
5. Respect Intellectual property. I will request permission to use resources.
I will suitably cite any and all use of websites, books, media etc.
I will acknowledge all primary and secondary sources.
I will validate information.
I will use and abide by the fair use rules.
6. Protect Intellectual Property. I will request to use the software and media others produce.
I will use free and open source alternatives rather than pirating software.
I will purchase, license and register all software.
I will purchase my music and media, and refrain from distributing these in a manner that violates their licenses.
I will report vandalism and damage
I will act with integrity.

Sean O'Sullivan

I found a blog post from Barbara Schroeder at Boise State University ( here )that talks about using wikis in an educational setting. She talks about some best practices for educators to use. I'll post a few of my favorites:

1. Post wiki conventions and require participants to abide by them
This practice is important because it keeps the wiki organized. It also holds students to high standards, which helps keep quality information in the wiki.

2. Create a culture of trust in the wiki.
Creating trust in any situation is key. In classrooms, teachers always say that no one will be judged on their questions or answers, and this idea translates to the wiki setting. Students need to feel comfortable that what they add to the wiki won't be looked down on.

3. Define and identify student roles.
Defining student roles allows students to focus on the task you want them to focus on. Especially in group projects, defining roles is crucial.

4. Remind students of deadline.
The idea of wikis allows or so much freedom that it can lead to a student forgetting that they're actually working on an assignment. Keeping the deadline in mind will help get all the work done.

Jaleesa Dumas

I found five guidelines with regard to education-based wikis at .

1. DO respect the privacy of other users on the Internet, just as you expect your privacy to be respected. How would you feel if someone read your private e-mail or your grades?
This guideline is important, because it is a reminder to treat others with respect and courtesy. It is relevant to my classmates and myself, because we will be interacting with each other often online.
2. DO be careful when you "download" (copy) programs from the Internet. Use a virus scan program before loading it on your computer. Some programs on the Internet contain viruses that can harm your computer.
This tip is important, because there are many Internet scammers that only want to hack into your computer or damage it with a virus.
3. DON'T give any personal information, such as your family's address, phone number, credit card or calling card numbers, your school's name, or your picture to anyone on a computer network that you don't personally know.
There are many predators on the Internet, so it is important to act safely. If someone got a hold of your personal information, they could access almost anything.
4. DON'T give your password to anyone. Passwords are intended to protect your computer and your files. It's like giving the key to your house away!
It’s important not to give away your password, because people could use it to access your personal information. Giving away your password could also provide a way for people to expose that information publicly.
5. DON'T make copies of any copyrighted material, like books, magazines, or music without the permission of the author, publisher or artist. Copyrighted works are available (usually illegally) on the Internet. You are committing a crime if you copy and distribute them.
This rule is important, because distributing copyrighted material without permission is against the law. If this is done, you could be punished legally.

Ryan Anderson

I found the following guidelines and general rules at

1. Post acceptable material: Post material that is acceptable for public view. No classified, law enforcement sensitive, or otherwise restricted material. Not abiding by this general rule can lead to trouble, so be smart and just think about the information you want to post before you actually do.

2. Permission to delete: Don't delete other contributions without permission. This seems like common sense, but people have obviously done it otherwise it wouldn't be on this list. After all, you wouldn't want someone to delete the information you had taken the time to post. Right???

3. Follow copyright laws: Don't post material unless it is original, and/or quoted and properly cited, and/or posted with permission. We all know this rule and although we sometimes may feel like it's not that important IT IS. It only takes an extra 30 seconds to properly cite your resources.

Sara McNeil
Almost all of the websites I looked at had very similar, if not identical guidelines. The website I decided to reference the most useful tips was

1. Focus- It's important to have a plan in mind when starting a wiki. You want to make sure you know exactly what you want your wiki to be to be successful.

2. Regular Reviews- Make sure your wiki is always up to date. In order to have a successful wiki, you need to make sure your information is current and that the most important stuff is easy to access.

3. Content is King- Always make sure your main purpose for a wiki is adding and editing useful information. It is important to work together to make sure the content is as clear and accurate as possible.

Ismael Pena
The following website is what I found to have some good guidelines and other useful information on how to use wiki in a classroom. These guidelines are very basic and can set the structure to the wiki which is why I found them to be very useful for class to start their own wiki.

1. Set Cleat Expectations - Before setting wiki guideline and sharing them with your students, consult your school's policies on social media. Provide students with written guidelines that must be adhered to. Let students know that if they publish inappropriate content, there will be consequences. Asking student to sign a contract is also an option.

2. Start Small - Take baby steps. Everyone will benefit from gradually learning increasing wiki in the classroom. By starting small teachers can stay on top of monitoring classroom wiki.

3. Read other wikis - As a class and individually explore other classroom wikis. This will give you ideas and inspirations for your own wiki page.

4. Collaborate - Do lots and lots of group work. Create assignments that require students to work together, continuously communicating as part of team as they would in the real world. For example, a media class can work in teams to create an advertisement for a product of their choice that involves print and/or video. For a science class, have students work together as a research team investigating the sudden drop in the local wolf population.

Shea Durfee

I found an article posted in 2008 by a woman named Barbara Schroeder Wile a little out of date I found the information to be very good. She posts 10 best practices for using wikis in education. Some of the rules that I liked are “1.Include detailed wiki instructions or a link on the home page and provide time for practice.” This makes it clear what is expected and confusion that may be present if this is a new concept may be limited. “3. Be patient with students and realize they may require technical assistance as they learn how to participate in a wiki environment.” I am usually good at learning new concepts involving computers but when I get confused I am extremely lost and it gets discouraging when others act like tasks are super easy. “6. Assign meaningful, authentic activities.” I can’t count the times that a new concept is introduced in a class room as a good skill to know but there is nothing motivating me to learn it. I like having a why would I want to know this type motivation.

Ralph Trumble

I found the following wiki maintained by Edtech Today titled Technology Teacher. This wiki can be found at and has a section titled 10 Best Practices for Using Wikis in Education. Five of these practices include the following:

  1. When giving a wiki assignment to students, make sure you have clear instructions for the wiki, and have them practice writing in the wiki. This is important especially if the students have never used a wiki before. This will make the students more comfortable with a wiki and more willing to contribute.
  2. Make sure wiki rules are clearly posted and understood. Require that the students follow the rules. This will help prevent inappropriate content and student distractions.
  3. Be patient with students as they learn how to use the wiki.
  4. Create a trusting environment in your wiki. Students will feel more comfortable with using the wiki if all the participants can be trusted. Have icebreaker activities that allow the students to get to know each other.
  5. Make sure course expectations are clear. This is not only good teaching practice, but will also reduce the chances of misuse of your wiki.

Heather Bascom: These 7 best wikipedia rules can be found at I have included all the rules along with a description, in my post because I find them relevant. It helps define what your wiki should embody to be successful and is something that anybody who is interested in starting their own wiki should read.

Oracle's 7 Rules
Focus A wiki needs to be about something to be successful. It needs to appeal to a niche that isn't entirely satisfied elsewhere and its main purpose is to share information. For example, some of the typical goals for a technical wiki are to help the community solve problems or to share similar experiences with a product. Information types that support these requirements can include FAQs, troubleshooting tips, examples, customer best practices, cheat sheets, etc. That said, wikis can be used for any type of purpose or audience, so they can consequently vary greatly between focus and structure. The important rule of thumb is to establish and understand the goals for your wiki early on and implement it accordingly.
Start with structure Wikis are organized in a bottom up manner. The content that goes in the wiki has a need to be shared. Therefore the structure does tend to define itself over time. Once your wiki has enough content, you can look at what is being posted and let that drive a more formal structure.
Plant the seeds It's important to seed a wiki to get the community started. Start with a loose structure and modify content over time to define how the wiki is organized. Encourage contributors to add their own content areas and determine how to tie the content together structurally once you understand what the community is talking about.
Calling all users Post links (with a description of why someone would be interested) on forums and blogs after you have some starting structure. This is where most of the traffic comes from followed by email referrals. Forum moderators can also entice users to document their answers or solutions in a corresponding wiki.
R-e-s-p-e-c-t Reputation is important to community users. As with blogs and forums, it helps contributions if the biggest contributors on a page are recognized.
Regular reviews Make sure the wiki content is current and correct. Although this should be done by the wiki community, it's important to have a small group of people (experts), including the moderator, who does this on a regular basis. A wiki with updated and correct information will continue to grow and prosper. When the site is reviewed for content, it is also a good time to look at the wiki structure and ensure the most interesting and useful content is easy to access
Content is king Adding useful content to a wiki should always be one of the main purposes of a wiki, especially a wiki dealing with technical information. Users should be encouraged to add information without worrying about making it perfect or polished. Don't consider a wiki to be the next great novel or a technical writing masterpiece. Remind users that a wiki is a community effort, so there will always be others out there who can help make the information more clear if needed. The bottom line is to help others solve a problem or better understand an issue. If your information does that, then you've succeeded.

Shannon Hurst

I found a site that has the 10 best practices for using wikis. You can find them with this link: If you don't want to go there, here are the 10 practices listed:

1. Include detailed wiki instructions or a link on the home page and provide time for practice:
A lot of students will have never used a wiki before so it's important that they receive the help and instruction so they become comfortable with using one, especially if it is such a key component of a class.
2. Post wiki conventions and require participants to abide by them:
It's important that all of the students are abiding by the rules. Even if there is one that doesn't follow the rules, it can really ruin the environment that it should be and students will be uncomfortable with the wiki.
3. Be patient with students and realize they may require technical assistance as they learn how to participate in a wiki environment:
As mentioned before, some students aren't necessarily comfortable with using a wiki and even the Internet for some so it is important that we as educators offer that initial help that is needed. Once they are comfortable they will require less help.
4. Create a culture of trust within the wiki:
Trust is important so getting your students comfortable with each other will help. Try starting with some ice breaker type of activities. Also, to begin the educator may want to moderate a little more to get the shy students to participate and be encouraged to do so.
5. Provide clear and explicit course expectations:
I think this is self-explanatory. Just make sure students know what is expected of them and that will eliminate a lot of problems.
6. Assign meaningful, authentic activities:
This relates to problem-based learning, which should be part of education. Make sure the students can relate to the activities assigned.
7. Include a common goal for collaborative activities:
Having a common goal for collaborative activities encourages the team work and participation of students to work with others in the class.
8. Define and identify student roles, activities, and assessments:
This is referring to the assignments and activities. Make sure each student understands their role with each assignment when working with groups.
9. Remind students of course deadlines and schedules:
I remind my students CONSTANTLY of deadlines in class so I would imagine it would need to be done more, if not just as much, online.
10. Model examples of collaborative activities:
One of the key parts of education is modeling. It will help eliminate confusion and can help get ideas flowing for students if we show them how we want them to do what we expect them to do.

Rachel Gustin

I found a great Wiki, several of them actually, but this particular Wiki includes 7 Reasons, 6 Tips and 3 Uses: Wikis In The Classroom
The tips it covers useful when trying to make Wikis work in your classroom. The Six tips that it highlights are:
1. Set Clear Expectations - Avoid running into problems by setting clear expectations for your students.
2. Provide Descriptive Feedback - Show your students what type of posts are the most productive, as well as what type of post are the least productive and explain why.
3. Structures Help – Create a schedule, or structure if there is a possibility that you will have multiple students trying to update a Wiki all at the same time.
4. Scaffold Skills – Teach your students the simple best practices for research, referencing, using Wikis, collaborating, sharing, responding, etc… You can’t expect them to know how to do these things if you don’t show them.
5. Provide Frameworks – Create a structure for students to follow by providing one or two questions to go by, or anything to help them gather their thoughts and get started.
6. Be Present - Be available for students when they do have questions and be a part of their learning process.

Kilee Jorgensen
I found a site that provided information about Wiki etiquette for students. This site will provide 10 example of wiki etiquette to remember while working on a educational wiki page. I will discuss five of the 10 examples of wiki etiquette.
1. Keep it Safe:This is important to remember that what you post on your wiki page can be seen by other people as well so you should keep your personal information off of your wiki page.2. Do not delete the work of others:I think this one is pretty straight forward and just something to remember out of respect for others you are working with.3. Proof Read before you hit enter:
It is easy to make mistakes but its important to proof read your work so that you are posting your work to the best of its ability. This will also help avoid confusion from others working on the wiki page if everything is proof read and done correctly.4. Keep it on topic:This is a good way to make sure that you are not getting to lengthy with your posts and will also help keep you on track as well as those that are editing in the wiki page. If everyone stays on topic distractions wont happen as easily.5. Be nice:Remembering that you are not the only one working on a wiki page and respecting others is very important. Sometimes its easy to make jokes but not everyone will always catch the joke so it is best to always be nice and professional when using your wiki page.

Patrick Parker

A site that I found that discussed best practices for wikis is found here: Here are some of their practices in no particular order:

1. The requester should be either the admin, or link to a discussion with the admin of the wiki and agreeing to skin design and homepage help.
More than anything, having a say in what the wiki looks like and who has access to the wiki is important....although a lot of contributors make for a lot of good information, one should be wary of too many people stirring the pot.

2. The wiki should have at least one active admin, meaning he or she has made at least one edit in the last 7 days

By having an administrator moderating the posts, it makes it a lot easier to control the content being submitted.

3. The wiki should have at least 50 content pages, not counting stubs. Stub articles should make up no more than 1/5th (20%) of all pages on the wiki

Although maybe not entirely feasible at first, having a large collection of content is probably a good idea as well!

4. The wiki should have a clear category structure to help readers navigate around the site. Every content page should be in a category
Being able to navigate through any website is very important, and this is no exception...make it look good!
5. The wiki should not be in the middle of choosing new admins, or any other upheavals. It should be a stable, friendly place
Consistency is one thing that just about anyone is looking for when visiting a website...stability will bring this consistency!

I found a lot of the same websites. The website I found that had the practices that I liked was:
It has 10 practices, but I will explain 5 of them.

1. Include detailed wiki instructions or link on the home page and provide time for practice.
I really liked this advice because I know that I am one of those people who need time to practice new things especially with technology.
2. Be patient with students and realize they may require technical assistance as they learn how to participate in a wiki environment.
This goes along with the first suggestion. If students are learning new things, they will get frustrated easily and as teachers we need to be patient with them. We have to learn new things as teachers as well.
3. Model examples of collaborative activities.
Students need good examples of how to collaborate since they are not used to this type of activity. If they are provided examples, they will have a better understanding of what collaboration entails.
4. Provide clear and explicit course expectations.
Students need structure to have a better learning environment. There also needs to be structure in the form of expectations for online learning environments.
5. Create a culture of trust within the wiki.
Students need to feel like they are able to be open and honest in online environments. If they feel safe then they will be more involved and participate more.

Carly Havnes
I found 10 best practices for using wikis in education on this website:
1. Include detailed wiki instructions and provide time to practice
I think this rule is important because I think it is important to give clear cut instructions over the web and not in person. Time is also important because for some it may take longer than others, so it's important to realize that everyone may not be on the same page or go at the same pace.
2. Require students to abide by the posted wiki conversations
I think this is an important rule because it's important to stay on track with educational wikis. I believe that if rules aren't given about the conversation, it may turn into a not so educational conversation. It's important to stay on track.
3. Create a culture of trust within the wiki
I like this rule because it will allow the people in the discussion to not hold back. Knowing that you are able to express yourself without feeling shamed or held back is important. It's nice knowing you are in a setting where others involved will be open minded.
4. Model examples of collaborative activities
I like this rule because I think a lot of the people using wikis have not worked with others in this sort of setting. I think modeling an example will give them a better understanding of how collaborations work.
5.Include a common goal for collaborative activities
I believe having a common goal will allow the people within the wiki to stay focused and on task. It will also allow others to work better with other members and it will help reach the goal in an easier, more efficient way.

Benjamin Kiser

I found these best practices in the Teachers Guide on the Use of Wikis in Education.

1. Select a wiki platform that you and your students are familiar with. This is important because wiki projects can be made or broken over the simplicity of a wiki platform. Wiki platforms like Wikispaces are simple enough for both students and teachers to understand them.
2. Dedicate a whole session to just walking your students around the different features of a Wiki and get them to do some example posting before you. In order for students to understand how to use wikis, they have some time to play around with them. Walking through the wiki with them will also help solidify understanding of how wikis work.
3. Make sure to get parents' permission before introducing the wiki. Wikis are public spaces and, therefore, anyone can see them. Make sure parents are okay that their students' material will be published for the world to see.
4. Teach students about copyright issues and ethics. The last thing you want from using a wiki is getting your students into trouble. Make sure they know how to avoid plagiarism and other copyright violations before they begin posting to the wiki.
5. Get feedback from your students through wiki posts. Wikis are great because they help engage students in learning. Have them comment on class material through the wiki and get them talking to each other about the things they have learned together in class.

Sarah Rice

These are the guidelines that I found at
  • be clear. Avoid esoteric or quasi-legal terms and dumbed-down language. Be plain, direct, unambiguous, and specific. Avoid platitudes and generalities. Do not be afraid to tell editors directly that they must or should do something.
  • be as concise as possible—but no more concise. Verbosity is not a reliable defense against misinterpretation. Omit needless words. Direct, concise writing may be more clear than rambling examples. Footnotes and links to other pages may be used for further clarification.
  • emphasize the spirit of the rule. Expect editors to use common sense. If the spirit of the rule is clear, say no more.
  • maintain scope and avoid redundancy. Clearly identify the purpose and scope early in the page. Content should be within the scope of its policy. When the scope of one advice page overlaps with the scope of another, minimize redundancy. When one policy refers to another policy, it should do so briefly, clearly and explicitly.
  • avoid overlinking. Links to policies, guidelines, essays, and articles should be used only when clarification or context is needed. Links to other advice pages may inadvertently or intentionally defer authority to them. Make it clear when links defer, and when they do not.
  • not contradict each other. The community's view cannot simultaneously be "A" and "not A". When apparent discrepancies arise between pages, editors at all the affected pages should discuss how they can most accurately represent the community's current position, and correct all of the pages to reflect the community's view. This discussion should be on one talk page, with invitations to that page at the talk pages of the various affected pages; otherwise the corrections may still contradict each other.

Robert Stroud
As I read this article I read about how a teacher struggled to get his students involved into projects and activities online. As I looked within myself I thought about project I am currently doing and how they could use wikis, because I am used to doing google docs. I also tried to look through at the view point of the instructor as he wrote 10 Best Practices for using wikis in education, and his steps are as follows.
  1. Include detailed wiki instructions or a link on the home page and provide time for practice.
  2. Post wiki conventions and require participants to abide by them
  3. Be patient with students and realize they may require technical assistance as they learn how to participate in a wiki environment
  4. Create a culture of trust within the wiki
  5. Provide clear and explicit course expectations
  6. Assign meaningful, authentic activities
  7. Include a common goal for collaborative activities
  8. Define and identify student roles, activities, and assessments
  9. Remind students of course deadlines and schedules
  10. Model examples of collaborative activities

Lynzie Sorensen

The guidelines listed below are for the students who are using the wiki.

Keep safe. Never post your personal information or information about someone else. Keep things like ages, addresses, phone numbers, names of towns, or even places we work off the Internet. Remember that information on the internet, especially embarrassing information, may still be around after you've deleted it. Be careful not to post things that may come back to haunt you later.

Read, re-read, and proof-read before you click ENTER. Don't rush to make that final . Once you press that button, you can't bring it back. Look everything over and use your spell check to be sure everything is accurate. When you are certain that the editing is complete, then save to publish.

Be brief, to the point and logical. Use breaks in your text and formatting elements to make the page easy to read and understand.

Keep it on topic - classroom oriented. This isn't the place to discuss afterschool plans.

Do not delete the work of others deliberately. Unless it is part of the editing process.

I found these guidelines for student etiquette at,

Robert Mather

On it talks about not giving out any personal information on the wiki. This is pretty straight forward and obvious, but probably the most important. You don’t want anybody to have access to resources that they could use to track you down.
Another rule that I think largely pertains to us college students is regarding copyright material. In this wiki it talks about not using information on people’s pages without the author’s permission. College students can get into big trouble for stuff like this. Nobody needs that. This wiki also talks about keeping others information private. I think that this is very necessary if you want people to visit your site. Nobody is going to visit your site if you can’t provide them with the privacy they deserve.

Kathryn Olson

  1. From "10 Best Practices for using wikis in education" by Barbara Schroeder ( "Include detailed wiki instructions or a link on the home page and provide time for practice." This resonated with me because I would have been lost navigating most wikis without at least some background in setting up wikis and using wikis.
  2. Another from Ms. Schroeder's post on Ed Tech Today. "Post wiki conventions and require participants to abide by them." It has been hard for me to research wikis this week because of all the unattractive and unappealing ones. A good instructional designer knows that a global style or convention is best when creating a learning site.
  3. From Ms. Shroeder's slidshare ( "Have a common goal for all participants." Not only will this help you, as the most-likely wiki administrator, make decisions on what content stays and what content goes, but having this kind of messaging will help potential wiki users establish interest quickly.
  4. Define and identify student roles, activities, and assessments. This helps wiki users know how they can best contribute.
  5. Model examples of collaborative activities. This is a great idea where any teaching and learning is involved. It provides scaffolding, which helps as users not only learn a new tool but also come to achieve the common goals.
All of these practices come from Ms. Shroeder. I trust her because most information I found about wiki best practices pointed to the list she made. See here: And, looking at the sources for many of the other posts here, I see this was a popular source.

Jenna Moore

1. Differentiate the use of wikis.

If a wiki is used for the same type of learning task over and over again, it will get boring for the students. Mix up the different ways you use wikis in the planning and delivery of instruction. Don't just keep the same activity going over and over again with just the type of content changing. The brain likes different challenges to keep it interested, motivated, and engaged. These are all the things students need to have in order to learn and enjoy the process.


2. Define student rolls, activities, and goals for the wiki

When starting a wiki with a small group or a whole class, it is important to establish the roll each student will be asked to fulfill, the actives the student needs to complete, and the overall goal of the wiki. This will keep everyone moving toward the common goal, understanding their different jobs, and properly completing the learning activities. This will help reduce the amount of misunderstanding or confusion and help encourage successful learning.


3. Establish Trust

For successful learning to take place students must be in a comfortable, established environment in which they are willing to take risk. It can be scary for many student to share ideas, participate in discussions, or answer a question incorrectly; all which are risk students need to be able to take in order to learn. Establishing trust with others involved in the wiki will allow student to take this risk without so much fear of embarrassment thus, they will be able to learn from these risks and fully engage in the learning process.


4. Use only authentic and meaningful activities

When choose how best to create a wiki as a learning task, make sure the task is meaningful and authentic. If the task lacks these characteristics it will seem like "busy work" to the learner and will cause them to become disengaged from the activity and fail to put in their best effort. A student is more likely to be engaged and motivated to complete the task if they know it is something they will use. other will use, or is a real world situation. authentic and meaningful actives are needed to encourage learning and overall, just to make the learning process more enjoyable and satisfying.