Wiki News

UBC Wiki Workshop on Sept 23

On September 23, 2010, the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology will be hosting an informal and and exploratory workshop entitled “Working Your Wiki: an Intro to UBC Wiki.” Topics to be covered include:

  • exploring wiki namespaces
  • creating your wiki page (or playing in the Sandbox)
  • getting creative with some media embeds
  • finding help at your fingertip

The workshop will take place from 12:00pm – 1:30pm at the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre in the Lillooet Room, 301.  Please visit the CTLT Event Page for more information.

This workshop is part of the CTLT Tech Express Series which are  informal lunchtime sessions on learning technologies at UBC and the projects they support.  Faculty, staff and students are invited to these introductory sessions. Please bring your own lunch and laptop.

MediaWiki, Wiki News

Using the UBC Wiki as a Content Management System

The new UBC eLearning site recently went live and part of its content is being managed in the UBC Wiki. For example, the source of the eLearning toolkit page is this UBC Wiki page.

The Wiki Append WordPress plug-in allows pages from any wiki running on the MediaWiki platform to be embedded into a WordPress page. As the wiki page gets updated and edited, the changes will be pushed out to the wordpress page so that it always shows a live view of the most current page.

Using the UBC Wiki as a content management system (CMS) makes sense if you have content that needs to be periodically updated by multiple people. Instead of having to wait for the appropriate web person to make the changes, content can be added or edited on the fly as it is needed. The wiki comes with built in safety features as well; the ability to rollback changes means that mistakes can easily be fixed and that content is never lost.

This screencast from the University of Calgary give a brief overview of the Wiki Append plugin.