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Confluence upgrade to bring simplified user experience to wikis

A more modern look and feel is coming to Purdue’s Web-based wiki software, Confluence, as part of an upgrade to Confluence 5.2.5 scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 18. The service will be unavailable during business hours on this day.

The upgrade will introduce users to a host of significant changes, including a new way of creating content, increased header options, and a new sidebar instead of a browser menu. Details on Confluence 5 are available on Atlassian’s website.

“This latest version of Confluence includes a simplified dashboard, with ways for users to quickly access wiki spaces they use the most,” ITaP educational technologist Brett Creech says. “Content creation has also been simplified so that new pages or blog posts can be added to a space from anywhere within Confluence.  Wiki space administrators will also be able to more rapidly access administration tools from a menu within a space itself.”

The team collaboration software can help facilitate a variety of projects. Common wiki usages include message forums, online announcements, offline work attachments, link sharing and content organization. An upgrade to Confluence completed last spring restored the option for wiki owners to open Purdue wikis to the public. A public wiki can be beneficial to collaborative projects that involve other campuses or nonacademic experts.

“Sometimes it can be a challenge for faculty to find Web space that is quick and easy to manage for collaborative research or labs projects,” says Terry Patterson, a Web editor in the College of Veterinary Medicine. “Confluence is a flexible solution, and the option to make wikis public enhances its value as a tool for campus users.”

Purdue faculty, staff and students can request a wiki space for academic or professional usage. For more information on Confluence, consult the Confluence Showcase Page (Purdue career account required), browse the Purdue Confluence Users Group (PCUG) wiki or schedule a one-on-one consultation with ITaP’s teaching and learning group.

Writer: Jonathan Hines, technology writer, ITaP, 765-496-7998, hines18@purdue.edu

Sources: Brett Creech, educational technologist, ITaP, 765-494-7808, brettcreech@purdue.edu

Suzanne Ahlersmeyer, instructional designer, ITaP, 765-496-7403, smahlers@purdue.edu

Terry Patterson, Web editor, College of Veterinary Medicine, 765-496-6145, patterst@purdue.edu

Last updated: Dec. 6, 2013