Military Using Wikis for Field Manuals

Thought that this was an interesting news story today from the NYT:

In July, in a sharp break from tradition, the Army began encouraging its personnel — from the privates to the generals — to go online and collaboratively rewrite seven of the field manuals that give instructions on all aspects of Army life.

The program uses the same software behind the online encyclopedia Wikipedia and could potentially lead to hundreds of Army guides being “wikified.” The goal, say the officers behind the effort, is to tap more experience and advice from battle-tested soldiers rather than relying on the specialists within the Army’s array of colleges and research centers who have traditionally written the manuals.

Maybe it is time that the Innovations Lab starts thinking about using a wiki!  🙂

One response to “Military Using Wikis for Field Manuals

  1. There are a number of potential uses of class generated Wiki’s as well.

    Instead of discussion boards on a weekly topic, finish an instructor seeded Wiki.

    Instead of a FAQ and Virtual Office, use a Wiki – but this I would suggest keeping from class to class.


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