I spent an hour with a teacher today doing one of my favorite things — choosing a technology to meet the goals of a class project. The project is a set of essays on cultural objects for a globalization class. Cultural objects are popular items that have achieved world recognition — Coca-Cola, Ronald McDonald, and so on. We quickly settled on wiki technology, and within the course of a day, I moved from the Moodle wiki activity module to MediaWiki and finally to DokuWiki.
I had been there before at my previous school. In my limited experience, DokuWiki is more appropriate for schools than MediaWiki. I got DokuWiki installed more quickly, bound to LDAP, and configured for use. It is also simpler to use for beginners. MediaWiki is still the gold standard for wiki software, but they make no bones about how it is designed for the Wikipedia site. Its features are not necessarily ideal for a school site with lots of beginner users. Moodle wiki looks fine within the context of Moodle, but the image upload feature is broken for student users and the diff feature falls far short of the DokuWiki version. DokuWiki also supports email and RSS subscription! Rock on.
Let the project begin!