Introduction to Wiki Technology
Warren T. Jones, Ph.D., P.E.
Wikis are part of the larger emerging second generation of web tools, sometimes called Web 2.0, that supports collaboration and social networking. They are seen as contributing to the further flattening of business organization structures. This new mode of peer interaction in the corporate world has been predicted to displace traditional corporate hierarchies as wealth generators in the economy. Potential engineering productivity impacts include reduction in email overload, software engineering team collaboration, project management collaboration, meeting planning and corporate competitive intelligence activities. Many expect that wiki skills will be commonplace in job descriptions in the near future. This course reviews wiki technology, compares wikis with other Web 2.0 technologies, presents implementation strategies, provides some evaluation guidelines, reviews strengths and weaknesses and presents some typical enterprise wiki applications.
This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.
At the conclusion of this course, the student will:
This course is
intended for all engineers.
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TABLE OF CONTENT
Module #1: Introduction
Module #2: What is a Wiki?
Module #3: Wikis Compared to Other Popular Web 2.0 Technologies
Module #4: Wiki Implementations
Module #5: Which Wiki?
Module #6: Wiki Capabilities and Limitations
Module #7: Enterprise Applications and Implications
This course presents an overview of wiki technology as part of the larger landscape of emerging social networking technologies. Insights are provided into how social networking and its potential for mass collaboration can transform organizations by leveraging bottom-up facilitate strategies along with the traditional command and control management organization. Strengths and weaknesses of wikis are discussed along with evaluation guidelines and enterprise applications that can impact the engineering corporate community. References and web site resources are provided for those who desire more in-depth information.