How Wikis Transform Learning

A wiki is an open-source application that allows any user to submit and edit content.  The most popular and famous wiki to date is Wikipedia, an open-source web-based encyclopedia written entirely by volunteer contributors.  Wikipedia has grown rapidly to become the largest reference work ever published in the history of mankind.

The popularity of wikis has not gone unnoticed by the business community.  Companies are beginning to recognize the transformative nature of wikis and are using them to share knowledge and enhance collaboration in all kinds of disciplines.   BearingPoint is using a wiki as a Talent Management Tool.  P&G is using wikis to foster collaboration among its work-groups.  Many other companies are putting wikis to work.

A recent survey by the Massie Center polling over 1,000 learning professionals revealed that wikis and blogs are used more often (at 47% and 45% of the time) than Learning Management Systems (at 42% of the time). 


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