NMAI Lab is bringing to Moodle a practical answer to the age old question: What would happen if the Facebook and Wikipedia planets collided? Before SocialWiki, I though it would look something like this:

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Simulation of two planets colliding

With the SocialWiki plugin, users can add content to wiki pages. Avoiding “edit wars” altogether, each edit creates a new page. To decide which page to see , social metrics serve as sorting criteria. Users can even sort pages by the popularity of their visitors. So it is a wiki, with social features, and a bit of version control.

I believe that our current view of user-structured information needs to move away from allowing only one point of view. Opinions without factual basis should not take part of any debate, but on the realm of objectivity, learners can enjoy accurate scientific topics and methods better through a perspective that talks to their personal quests. This plugin is a feature I wish existed on wikis all over the web.

SocialWiki keeps every version available. A visual tree allows you to track the evolution and branching of the page.


The latest version of SocialWiki makes the plugin compatible with Moodle 3.0 and 3.1. It enables styling through CSS. For previous compatibility, visit the versions tab of the Moodle plugin page.

SocialWiki is a result of research conducted by the Network Management and AI (NMAI) Laboratory at Ottawa’s Carleton University. Students, both under and graduate, maintain SocialWiki’s code. It is a relative of P2Pedia, another NMAI’s research.

See a demo here (it could be unaccessible at times).

Download and install SocialWiki from Moodle. Find more instructions, and the code behind the plugin, at the GitHub repository.

Credit for the planetary collision simulation to Robin M. Canup, Ph.D.

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