General Use of Wikis in Education

Tonkin (2005) suggests that Wiki use in education falls into four broad categories:


1. single-user

  • allows individual students to write and edit their own thoughts
  • useful for revising and monitoring changes in understanding over time

2. lab book

  • enables students to peer review notes
  • students add commentary or annotations to existing lecture notes or seminar discussions

3. collaborative writing

  • used by a team for joint work
  • facilitates a group project, essay or presentation

4. creating a topical knowledge repository

  • allows students to collaboratively create course content
  • purpose is to supplement and extend delivered materials

Tonkin, E. (2005). 'Making the case for a wiki'. Ariadne, Issue 42, January, Retrieved 19 July 2009 from