Proof that you can find out how to do just about anything on the web

22 08 2008

Brought to you by WikiHow, a ‘how to’ wiki encyclopedia: I had a go, but I think trip to the barbers may be in order! Seriously though, if you’re looking to find out how to do something fairly specific or esoteric, sites like wikiHow are a good place to start as they collect practical knowledge from a wide range of people; the odds are there will be someone with the same interests as you who’s submitted a piece on whatever it is that you’re trying to do. HowDoYa is another good place to look for instructions as it’s a search engine that specifically looks for ‘how to’ web articles.

Wiki wiki wild wild west (apologies to Will Smith [although if you’ve ever heard the song, it’s WIll Smith who should be apologising])

13 08 2008

I’ve spent a little time pootling around in wiki-world, firstly on the Learning Development Sharepoint site and also for Learning 2.0’s week 2 activity. MILG also have a very active wiki of their own and their use of the wiki format to allow staff with particular responsibilities or expertise to contribute to specific areas of the wiki is a good example of how to harness the format in my opinion. Personally I’ve found the wiki function in Sharepoint a little eccentric and clunky, but the ability to create a structured bank of easily editable information is a huge bonus, especially as I’m currently using it to keep track of the activities of the various working groups linked to Learning Development. As there are always new meetings and staff changes to update, being able to quickly find the appropriate page and edit or enter information as you like is great. I’m looking forward to more people contributing to the LD wiki, the format seems to be at its best when there’s a large group of contributors regularly adding to and updating a wiki, particularly when they’re also out looking for fresh ideas and media on the web.