(2009) when they say that through collaborative interaction andparticipation, the contributions of all progressively enhance the quality,richness, and usefulness of the affinity space, and enrich participantspersonal and collective competence and knowledge.
The word wiki is derived from the Hawaiian word for fast and that is an aptdescription considering the ease of use and the ability to quickly shape andedit. Wikis are extremely easy to use and require a minimum of technicalexpertise (roughly equivalent to the creation of word processing documents).The ease of use allow users to focus on material generation and exchangewhich elevates the usefulness of the tool. The format of wikis provides aunique way to interact with others and opens up new and exciting uses foreducators. [e]diting the wiki pages can be open to the public or limited to aselect group of users with a password, although only one user at a time canedit a page (Matthew & Felvegi & Calloway 2009)
Barriers to Implementation
Though there are few major obstacles to implementing wikis in theclassroom, some barriers do exist. Some functions of wikis can be tricky forthose students who do not have a introductory knowledge of the workings ofwebsites (which surprisingly can be a large minority of students) and forstudents with limited access to computers and limited access to the Internet,contributing to the wiki [can be] burdensome. (Matthew & Felvegi & Calloway2009) Because of the nature of many applications of wikis in education,regular access to the site is a necessity. Many students have limited or noaccess to the internet at home either because they must share the connection,parents limit their ability to use the internet or they have no access at all.Though this represents a small percentage of students, some type ofmodification is required to meet the needs of all learners. An unrelatedbarrier that I have already faced with the creation of my class wiki is theneed for content control by my administration. They have required me topresent to them an outline of all content before I post. This seems like areasonable request, but once I have presented the outline to my administratorsit takes days and sometimes weeks before I receive permission to post. This isnot conducive to the spirit of a wiki which is fast paced and interactive.