You have chosen a topic, and you are now the primary organizer/moderator/leader for researching the subject. A wiki is different from normal websites because they can be edited by a large group of people. Wikis are different from discussion boards or forums because they can be structured as the author wishes, and that structure can be altered by another author later on.

Looking at the history of any article on wikipedia or other established wiki's article, it becomes obvious that many individuals contribute to and edit the page as time goes on. We are not here to pick a topic and present a few links describing the tech, showing how the tech replaces old methods and then some links showing research on the tech. We could do that in a discussion board post back in our online classroom.

POST new material on any page you could improve.
EDIT AND ORGANIZE the writings of your colleagues.
MANAGE the pages for which you have taken responsibility.

Why would Walden ask us to make a wiki? I'm not on the curriculum design team, but the Walden Curriculum wants us to:

  • Assess our curriculum for integration of 21st century skills and technology and identify replacements for outdated curricular elements
  • Evaluate 21st century technology tools to achieve learning goals and share important findings by creating a collaborative wiki

I believe assessing us based on our wiki contributions is a way of encouraging us to learn about how wikis can work and to reflect on their qualities as communication tools in our classrooms.

  1. Organize - You could copy and paste the format out of another page that you like or organize the page to your own liking.
  2. Make a to do list: You are not the only person contributing to your topic. Wikis are a collaboration, a freeform collaboration. If you have plans for your page, make a to-do list at the top, so visiting editors have an idea of how they can contribute.
  3. Browse the wiki, contribute where you can.
  4. Check back on your topic's page periodically to ensure it is organized and serving it's purpose.