Cummings and Barton Chapter 2: What kind of wiki are we supposed to create?

If you read this chapter for ENG 572, then the first question that comes to mind is: what kind of wiki are we creating for this class? Last semester, in Documentation, Policies and Procedures class, we created wikis for Squeakland Etoys help topics. These resource wikis, for many of us, were our first venture into contributing to a wiki. Until that point, Wikipedia may have been the only exposure to wikis.

The team assignments and the wikis themselves exposed several dynamics of collaborative efforts over the Internet. For instance, not everyone works with the same sense of urgency. There were several things that became essential, in order for the wiki to be a success. First, we had to make an effort to communicate with each other on a regular basis. We didn’t do this in the beginning, but by establishing a communication log on the wiki, we were able to overcome that stumbling block. Secondly, planning and a good content strategy really helped pull the wiki together as a cohesive project. Finally, answering questions and providing feedback ensured that we were all on the same page.

So, what kind of wiki are we going to create? I’m thinking either Presentation or Illuminated. My preference would be the Illuminated. It looks like it would be an interesting challenge. What about you?


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