Aaron Hurwitz


Last year I was one of three alpha testers for Temple University's School of Communications and Theatre's new Knowledge Base, a wiki which was being implemented at the behest of the School's Director. The KB's goal was to take knowledge out of people's heads and place it online, where it would be both easier and less intrusive to find. We worked with a programmer in Ecuador and had pretty much free range to discover the KB's limits and to request help, fixes, changes, and new features as we saw fit.

At one point I showed the Knowledge Base to my mother and, as academics often do, she responded with "oh my gosh, I could use that in a class!" Over the summer we worked out specifically what her needs were and I designed a site architecture that would serve those needs. After a meeting with her IT department I constructed her wiki. Sadly it was built on PHP Wiki. Which crashed. A lot. Nevertheless, the fundamental usefulness of wikis in classroom settings remains clear to both of us.

She invited me to be a part of this community and I'm glad to help.