What is Wetpaint?
Wetpaint is a free site that can be used to create public or private wikis. Users can post text, audio, and video to multiple wikis. Wetpaint also has features that can help create a sense of online community, including personal profiles for wiki contributors and threaded discussion boards. Wetpaint allows users to create templates for wiki pages and to customize the look and navigation of the site. NOTE: Unfortunately, the free version of Wetpaint now contains ads in the sidebar.
Wikis are good tools for group projects, collaborative writing, collaborative problem solving, and for creating shared course resources such as glossaries or annotated bibliographies. Wikis can also be good tools for showcasing or publishing student work online. Each wiki page in Wetpaint has an associated threaded discussion board, which can help students collaborate as they develop the page. Because Wetpaint has features that go beyond a simple wiki, some instructors have chosen to put their course materials on Wetpaint and use it as an alternative to learning management systems such as Blackboard. Examples of how Wetpaint has been used in higher education can be found here: http://wikisineducation.wetpaint.com/page/Higher-Ed+Wikis.
How can Wetpaint enhance teaching and learning?