Neat how the word ‘wiki’ has evolved from the Hawaiian ‘wiki-wiki’ (quick) . My first experience of anything wiki was back in 1992 when I arrived in Hawaii to start my doctoral studies at UH. The airport shuttle at Honolulu International airport is called the wiki-wiki shuttle! Little did we dream back then of the mighty wikipedia et al.
I’ve not been taken overly much with wikis. The ones I’ve had anything to do with (IT in-house developed) were on the whole, boring looking, and tricky to use. Changed my mind when I discovered the neat little Wikispaces. Very easy to put together, and if you don’t mind the advertising (you can remove it for US$5 per month), and its visual limitations, then it’s got the potential to provide a nice collaborative environment for class discussion. So, perfect for my needs, i.e., in this instance, a verbally-oriented collaborative site. I hope to get it focussing on audience reaction to some playreadings over the past week. It’s built; the trick is to get them to come!