Technology Product Outcomes Pros Cons

Wikis

Produces an easily searchable reference tool that can be used in class as a student resource Can be installed natively within Moodle, Blackboard, D2L

Powerful search facility

Familiar look and feel for readers

Separate references area encourages citation

Iterations saved automatically

Writing interface is less user-friendly than Google Docs

Writing and editing are based on versioning, rather than instantaneously shared changes

No chat function available

Google Sites/Docs Produces documentation that can be published to Google Sites and WordPress, or left in a Google Docs folder as a student resource New Google for Education offering complies with FERPA, can be managed by institutions

Google Docs saves document iterations automatically

Familiar look and feel for writers

App-based writing environment available

Sites deployment straightforward

Deployments (outside of G Suites for Educators) may span multiple institutions easily

Documents can be published to Google Sites, as well as WordPress

In-line document chat function available

Videoconferencing functions available

Documents can be published privately and semi-privately

No FAQ/ Wiki/ Knowledge Base capabilities at this time

No native references section to prompt citation

Sites deployments lack templates and ability to copy pages

Sites deployments favor simplicity over control

WordPress Produces a website with blog posts that can be used as student resources WordPress saves document iterations automatically

Documents can be published privately and semi-privately

App-based writing environment available

Cross-institutional deployments possible

Tags can be used to categorize blog posts

Pages can be used to display tagged subject posts

Advanced users can produce powerful, customized sites

Free WordPress.com sites available

Writing interface is less user-friendly than Google Docs

Writing and editing are based on versioning, rather than instantaneously shared changes

Some chat functions available, but are dependent upon deployment specifications

No native references section to prompt citation

Deployment may be challenging for users who are less tech savvy or who need to deploy quickly

More powerful features require domain ownership with associated costs