Both of these have good features but I don't want to push us into a Wiki tool that we're not all happy with. Do any of you have Wiki experience and preferences to help us narrow down our choices?
Some important features are:
- Easily organize and navigate separate chapters
- Export options
- Track changes
- Page change notification
- Enough free disk space
- A way to manage editors/ permissions
Just thought I'd post a comment about our experience with using a wiki (in Moodle) for collaborative work - because there is no track changes facility, we found that the team members weren't really confident to move or delete much.
We used the wiki during our online meetings and made the changes as we went and left the 'edit' to one person. We found it good for developing ideas - the development of the list of chapters which people could add to could work well.
I don't have any suggestions for which wiki to use (experience based on only one tool) but just wanted to post a cautionary note.
However, I wonder if for a book, something like Google Docs, or, which I personally prefer right now, Zoho, might be better. A way that might work would be that all collaborators have viewing rights to all documents, and just editing rights on those that they are involved with.
One thing that might need to be considered is the ease of Export in a format suitable for printing; or is it going to be an online book? I've only exported from Google Docs (Zoho being quite a new "re-discovery"), and that needed quite a bit of tweaking to get it into the right format for a proposal that we were submitting.
For my money wikispaces will probably do for our needs at the present time. Maybe someone else would like to run this comparison program to see if they come up with different results.
I have our wikispace set up. Right now it is just with a draft table of contents. I set out invitations and Barbara was in there seconds later editing If you didn't get an invitation let me know.
After tinkering with other tools wikispaces seemed to be the best option. I experienced some problems importing and exporting from google docs, so although that's a nice feature it may cause more headaches than it's worth.
I just realized though that "protected" pages in wikispaces means living with google ads. I'm actually so used to google ads as a gmail user that it doesn't bother me, but how does everyone else feel about it?
Another option is to look for someone to sponsor the book project by providing free hosting. Robin mentioned Stewart Mader's book earlier. Robin and I attended a presentation by Stewart, and I believe that book is hosted as a special arrangement with company
Here's my dumb question. Are you all able to create new pages in wikispaces in our blogging to enhance learning space? I think you do, but I can't seem to tell what kind of access you have without creating a second account.
Wikispaces allows for page name changes so I can make any adjustments we need to make. Later I'll change the page names to chapter1, 2 etc when we know the order.
Also, everyone should feel free to edit/add new topics to the table of contents, assign yourself as lead author, and add new pages as needed.
I hope my page naming and organizing logic works for everyone!