Q: What is a wiki?
A: A wiki is a website that a group of people can edit using a web browser. Just like Wikipedia.
Q: How does a wiki work?
A: First, using a web browser, you log on to the wiki website. Second, just like a webmaster, you create a folder for your content called a "space." Third, within that "space", you create new pages. Once a page has been created, you can edit it. You can then create child pages (just like subfolders) which can contain content.
Q: What is "Currents?"
A: Currents is the user-friendly name for our wiki. The software which powers it is called "Confluence" from Atlassian.
Q: Why are wikis, like Currents, cool?
A1: The definitive (lastest version) of a project exists on the wiki. No more wondering who has the latest version. No more Inbox "black holes."
A2: You can roll back or undo changes you've made to a wiki (web) page.
A3: If two people try to edit the same wiki page at the same time, the second person will receive a pop-up message in their browser that someone else is editing the page.
A4: You can upload attachments like Word, Excel, Powerpoint, PDFs, and video files.
A5: People can add "comments" or "questions" to pages and other people can reply, i.e. threaded discussions.
Q: How do I access Currents? Where is it?
A: Go to www.cfc.umt.edu and click on the Currents link on the bottom of the page.
Q: How do I log on to Currents?
A: Your Currents user name is the same as your CFC logon name. Your Currents password is your CFC password.
Q: How do people in the college use Currents?
A: Several groups of people use Currents.
- Faculty have used Currents to host course content for their students. Course content is uploaded as attachments, e.g. syllabi, PDFs, Word documents, videos, links, etc.
- Grads have used Currents to share knowledge and to document issues in their research areas.
- QSG, the college's IT group, uses Currents as an IT knowledge base.
Q: How do I get started?
A: Click the link at the top of the page to submit a request to create a wiki space. We'll get back to you