Wikis are one of the Blackboard communication tools. The term comes from the Hawaiian word wiki wiki meaning fast. With a wiki there is a trail of who added information to the wiki, what that information included, and when it was added.
Wikis are a useful tool for group projects enabling collaboration among students. They allow for the sharing of ideas and information while also providing a mechanism for both interaction and feedback. Wikis support the development of both critical thinking and writing skills as well as reflective learning. Wikis may influence the quality of all work rather than just that of a particular student.
Chronicle of Higher Education – Wikis (part 1): Getting Started
Chronicle of Higher Education – Wikis (part 2): In the Classroom
International Journal of Information and Education Technology – Teaching and Learning Through Wikis in Higher Education