Have you ever wanted to create a collaborative space online or simply a basic web site, but don’t think you have the technology skills to do so? Try Wetpaint (www.wetpaint.com), an extremely easy to set up, easy to use wiki program. Don’t know what a wiki is? Don’t worry! The word “wiki” is Hawaiian for “quick,” but it is also very easy! We’ve all seen the world’s largest wiki, Wikipedia, and understand it as a website that anyone can edit or create pages (encyclopedia entries). Encyclopedias are not the only things you can create with a Wiki- you can also create:
- A committee or department collaborative space online– why send emails back and forth when everything can be in the same spot?
- Library instruction web page for students– engage your students with active learning and ask them to add to the page
- Subject guides – easy to collaboratively create and update
- Subject liaison site– add chat, RSS feeds and other interactive tools to your page
- A staff training portal – learn from each other by having both questions and answers in one spot
- A place online to collaboratively work on a project or share ideas.
- Just about anything you’d want to make a webpage for, but with more collaborative capabilities and without needing to have technical skills.
Wetpaint is one of the many web-based platforms you can use to create a wiki. Wetpaint Web based wiki allows you to:
- Easily create and update pages
- Choose from a variety of designs and add your own header image
- Have a variety of permissions settings- possible to assign roles to each user/ creator (editor, writer, administrator, etc.)
- Choose who has access to your page (open to the public or select people)
- Use an easily navigable website design
- Remove ads if your wiki is used for educational purposes
To set up a Wetpaint wiki, go to www.wetpaint.com and choose to create a free site. You will then be asked to name your site and choose the web address of the wiki. You can then choose the level of openness and collaboration of the site by choosing who can edit your site. Next you’ll be able to choose the design and look of your site. That’s all you have to do to get started! Once you start adding to your site, you’ll notice Wetpaint’s option to add widgets to the page. This allows you to easily add things like Youtube videos, an instant messaging chat box, RSS feeds, polls, pictures, audio, and much more. If you need more help setting up your Wetpaint wiki, check out these useful videos:
Wet Paint Wiki How To Part 1
WetPaint Wiki How To Part 2