When it comes to information, Wikipedia is one of the sites that comes to mind.
It is a popular free online encyclopedia that is written and maintained by volunteer online contributors.
These contributors use an open collaboration system and write/edit resources for people to easily access.
As part of the Wikimedia Foundation Project to make educational resources available to all and sundry, there are sites affiliated with Wikipedia that curate and produce educational content with the same open collaboration system like Wikipedia.
In no particular order, here are the wiki sites and what they can offer students.
Wikiversity is a learning community that seeks to naturally further the discovery and distribution of knowledge by helping people learn and share learning resources as well.
It helps people find information, ask questions, or learn more about a subject.
They can explore knowledge through advanced study and research, and also share their knowledge about a subject with others by building learning materials.
Beyond classrooms, students can ask questions on difficult topics from contributors on the platform.
Wikibooks is a collaborative open-content book authoring website that allows users to work together to write textbooks and other types of instructional books on a wide range of topics.
It has two sub-projects; Wikijunior which has content that is targeted at children, and the Cookbook which is a collection of culinary topics and recipes.
The good thing is that contributors to the platforms get to maintain their property rights, while submitted versions and their derivative works can always be reproduced and redistributed.
Students can access a whole lot of resources on a variety of topics for learning and research purposes.
Wikitionary is a free online dictionary that allows users carry out online searches across various platforms in different languages (words, phrases, linguistic reconstructions, proverbs, etc.)
It supports about 158 languages and contributors to the project do so collaboratively and voluntarily using wiki software, which allows articles to be changed by almost anyone with access to the website.
Students can learn new words and languages in just a few clicks.
Wikiquote is an online reference of sourced quotations from prominent people and creative works (books and proverbs), translations of non-English quotes, and links to Wikipedia for further details about them.
It was originally created in English but currently, more languages have been added.
Students can cite quotes from this page in their assignments or projects.
Wikimedia Commons is a media file repository that makes provides users with freely licensed and public domain educational media content like images, video clips and audio files.
Its content can be used by anyone and its licenses are a standard way for content creators to give people permission to use their work.
Students can download multimedia files for study purposes.
Wikivoyage is a free editable web-based travel guide that covers travel activities (destinations, cuisine, accommodation) and travel topics – all by volunteer authors.
Students can make decisions on where to go on tour or group excursions by checking out the places that are recommended.
Wikispecies is a free species directory hosts more than 700,000 articles on a wide range of species – Animalia, Plantae, Fungi, Bacteria, Archaea, Protista, and several other life forms.
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