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We’re toying with the idea of having a centralized knowledge portal that is “wiki-like” in its structure (rather than an LMS).

 

While we’re waiting for the comprehensive survey (which will be awesome!) I could use a quick response.

 

No need to respond with any more detail than then name of the software, but if you feel like it be my guest! J

 

Thanks,

 

J


Joseph Lorenzatti

Technology Director

The Williston Northampton School

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Hi Joe,

At the higher ed level, there is some movement toward using WordPress as a CMS replacement. We're considering it here as well.

Joel

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Message from kjones@agtech.org

Hi Joseph,

 

I’ve implemented and used a couple of different enterprise-class wikis.  MindTouch and Confluence are the leading contenders.  I have a personal favorite, and I’d be happy to share some more detailed information about each . . . just give me a ring.

 

Kyle

 

R. Kyle Jones                Essex Agricultural &Technical High School

Technology Manager  PO Box 362

kjones@agtech.org              Hathorne (Danvers), MA  01937

Phone: (978) 750-9202       http://www.agtech.org

 

Message from charlesthompson@taftschool.org

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Hey Joe,

Not quite in the position that I can absolutely recommend it yet, but we are just setting up an intranet using TikiWiki. It is free, and going to be somewhat experimental. I wanted a completely searchable knowledgebase to act as a resource for all - students, faculty, and staff. Right now, information is spread out everywhere. TikiWiki has a lot of features. It has been a little funky in the setup, but we're getting it done. I actually have a student doing it. I can give you more of an evaluation in a couple of weeks when we roll it out.

Charles

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Charles D. Thompson
Director of Information Technology
The Taft School
110 Woodbury Rd.
Watertown, CT 06795
860-945-7989

The EDUCAUSE ACCESS Constituent Group Listserv <ACCESS@LISTSERV.EDUCAUSE.EDU> writes:
All:

 

We’re toying with the idea of having a centralized knowledge portal that is “wiki-like” in its structure (rather than an LMS).

 

While we’re waiting for the comprehensive survey (which will be awesome!) I could use a quick response.

 

No need to respond with any more detail than then name of the software, but if you feel like it be my guest! J

 

Thanks,


********** Participation and subscription information for this EDUCAUSE Constituent Group discussion list can be found at http://www.educause.edu/groups/.

Message from alex.podchaski@oakknoll.org

I have used confluence in the past and loved it. I am currently using mediawiki for a simple tech repository and it is meeting our needs at present. We even lost the server during the Halloween storms, re-installed on a replacement machine, and just popped the backup files in place and it worked perfectly.

Alex

Alex J Podchaski
Director of Technology

Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child 
44 Blackburn Rd, Summit, NJ 07901
Tel 908-522-8159 | http://www.oakknoll.org

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Hi Joseph,

We use mediawiki, it’s free here at Webb Institute.  We use it as part of our Intranet for administrative, academic and library resources.  We are also using it as a portal (requiring a login and password) for our Board of Trustees to use to share information.  The learning curve is very short and with minimal instruction and follow-up support we have a lot of people using it.

Regards,

Erica Hansen

CIO

Webb Institute

 

Message from warren.apel@gmail.com

Joe,
We're doing our tech plan as well as our self-student documentation in Google Sites.  I wish it was real-time collaborative like Google Docs, but it's not.  One user can edit a page at a time.  But at least users don't need wiki markup language.  So far, I'm really happy with it.  

We've also had some success with students using the WikiX software that comes on the Mac XSix server.  I don't love it, but it's fairly easy to use.

Warren

We use Moodle's wiki since we already have it in house. It seems to work for what we need to do. I don't have a lot of experience with wikis.

Robert


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The EDUCAUSE ACCESS Constituent Group Listserv on January 9, 2012 at 11:49 AM -0500 wrote: >We use Moodle's wiki since we already have it in house. It seems to work >for what we need to do. I don't have a lot of experience with wikis. We use the built-in Apple Wiki Server tools. Since they tie in directly to our Open Directory infrastructure, and they are FREE (with OSX server) and easy to use (REALLY), it was the most elegant and quickest way to get some Wiki's running... ===================== Peter Hoopes Director of Technology St. Andrew's School phoopes@standrews-de.org ===================== ********** Participation and subscription information for this EDUCAUSE Constituent Group discussion list can be found at http://www.educause.edu/groups/.
Message from jamirault@groton.org

We have only limited usage of wikis. Several teachers are using wikispaces and seem satisfied. We also use TWiki. However, this is used as part of our comments system and not generally as a wiki - not awesome, but, getting the job done. Many choices to read about at http://www.wikimatrix.org/ Cheers, JT JT Amirault Groton School Director of Information Technology voice: 978.448.7608 fax: 978.448.7671 jamirault@groton.org www.groton.org The EDUCAUSE ACCESS Constituent Group Listserv writes: >All: > > > >We're toying with the idea of having a centralized knowledge portal that >is "wiki-like" in its structure (rather than an LMS). > > > >While we're waiting for the comprehensive survey (which will be awesome!) >I could use a quick response. > > > >No need to respond with any more detail than then name of the software, >but if you feel like it be my guest! J > > > >Thanks, > > > >J > > >Joseph Lorenzatti > >Technology Director > >The Williston Northampton School > > >********** Participation and subscription information for this EDUCAUSE >Constituent Group discussion list can be found at >http://www.educause.edu/groups/. > ********** Participation and subscription information for this EDUCAUSE Constituent Group discussion list can be found at http://www.educause.edu/groups/.
Message from elacroix@newhampton.org

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We use mediawiki just as Alex describes. I needed documentation for my department that was free, easy, central, simple to install and back up.

On the academic side, our LMS, such as it is, is Whipplehill's Class Groups offering, which I hear they are ramping up in the coming months. Not sure what that is going to look like though.

Have a great day everyone!
__________________________________________________________
Eric LaCroix, Director of Technology, New Hampton School
70 Main Street * New Hampton, NH 03256
603-677-3450 phone & fax


"Podchaski, Alex" <alex.podchaski@OAKKNOLL.ORG> writes:
I have used confluence in the past and loved it. I am currently using mediawiki for a simple tech repository and it is meeting our needs at present. We even lost the server during the Halloween storms, re-installed on a replacement machine, and just popped the backup files in place and it worked perfectly.

Alex

Alex J Podchaski
Director of Technology
Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child 
44 Blackburn Rd, Summit, NJ 07901
Tel 908-522-8159 | http://www.oakknoll.org

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Message from sdkrahn@northcentral.edu

We're a couple of years into using foswiki (upgraded from twiki) and like it a lot. We use it for documentation within IT and some of our major client departments. Some of the features that we like include: - ability to set up security to allow different people to access different combinations of content (different "webs"), so one overall system can allow each individual office to have their own private wiki information while also participating in shared areas - integration with LDAP, so people can use their normal passwords - good selection of powerful macros (programming without programming, for time when we want to do something more complex) - ability to use SQL statements to display database content Steve Krahn Information Technology Department North Central University sdkrahn@northcentral.edu 612-343-4750
I've generally been pretty satisfied with our user help resources and internal department knowledge base being in a PBworks wiki. (http://help.d-e.org).  Whatever you choose I recommend keeping both the private and public stuff in the same system so your IT staff can do one search and get both kinds of documents on a topic.  We were using MediaWiki and unfortunately had two different wikis for this purpose as there was no easy way to accomplish that with MediaWiki on the version we were running at the time. (There were some convoluted plug-ins and extensions to maybe support secure content but MediaWiki was clearly designed for public information like Wikipedia and not for having a variety of access control.)  Also, MediaWiki required using wiki text, which I knew pretty well, but it was a pain for others.  Having to deal with idiosyncratic syntax (when you are not used to it) was a barrier to documenting things and that was counter-productive.

All that said, if we didn't already have a bunch of content in the PBworks wiki, which would need  to be moved for a platform switch, I probably wouldn't start with PBworks today.  While they still have an education option to which we currently subscribe, I have basically been told that their development resources and attention are focused on their Business product not education so any features that don't serve business customers are unlikely to be improved or added.  

If I were building from scratch today, I'd look at Wikispaces and Google Sites early on in the process.  (Google Sites finally seems to have the ability to have different permissions on different parts of a single site, but I haven't spent time testing that yet.)  Wikispaces still seems very connected to education, and I hear there is a good SSO plug-in for Whipple Hill. (We use WH's Google Apps SSO plug-in and it works great.)

Disclaimer: I'm very partial to hosted solutions for web apps as and I think there are better uses for IT time than patching and upgrading application software just to keep things working and reliable if it can be responsibly avoided.  (Hosted wiki solutions can be pretty cheap; we pay less than $1000/year for PBworks and that includes licenses for an unlimited number of teacher created wikis too.)   Therefore, platforms that require self-hosting and management are not very appealing to me unless they have really important features that I can't get with a hosted solution.

Regards,
Bill

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Academic Technology Coordinator | Dwight-Englewood School
www.d-e.org
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