We have finished our research until the new Content Management System is chosen. Our research did allow us to explore several wikis and the web editing space which they share with both blogs and web editors.
Our leading contenders are:
We rejected the following wikis:
Once the Content Management System (CMS) is chosen, we will compare Confluence and Blackboard to the tool within the CMS. We can also reopen the research to include other wikis.
Thank You to the members of the wiki evaluation team: Pat Leone, Ryan Lee, Brandi Hood, Deb Treister, Dan Pflederer, Mary Glynn and Matt Elson
Here we'll be writing up what the requirements are. (We hope to gather examples of such requirements from other schools via a survey.)
One use we might have for a wiki is to set up professional profile web spaces that faculty can edit themselves without having to use desktop software. For these purposes the wiki should offer:
An extensive list can be found at WikiEngines
wiki within blackboard
wiki within trac
Elise Springer in the Philosophy department uses a specialized wiki for a combination personal/professional/course management site. Some parts are locked down but a lot is open at http://espringer.web.wesleyan.edu/.
Elsewhere University of Michigan Penn State University of Minnesota
wiki & rss –> subscribe to wikis and be notified of changes via RSS. How cool is that?
There has been some independent consideration of how the research subject guides of the future might look. Wikis might be an excellent way to create collaborative guides on specialized topics. They needn't be open to editing by the world. Such a guide, with a narrow focus, could be an excellent class project, for example. The idea is still speculative, but see the links below for signs of water-testing (not limited to higher ed).
Here is an example of using a wiki as a course website (from Ursinus)