Educational Applications Of Wikis in University classes

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For my presentation at ICOET at SQU in Muscat March 4, 2008.

For my presentation at ICOET at SQU in Muscat March 4, 2008.

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  • 1. Educational Applications of Wikis The development of online learning communities in university courses Alicia Cundell Qatar University [email_address] del.icio.us/acundell
  • 2. Introducing Wikis: Watch the video : Wikis in Plain English
  • 3. Why wikis?
    • access and editing of pages can be controlled
    • editing can be done by anyone
    • no knowledge needed of programming languages or web development
    • user-friendly editing features
  • 4. Why wikis?
  • 5. Why wikis?
    • No additional software needed
    • Wiki pages are accessible from any computer connected to the Internet
    • easier to manage and update than HTML
    • Page editing history & RSS notification
  • 6.  
  • 7. Collaborative learning & content building
    • Wikis are collaborative in nature
    • Facilitates community-building within the course
    • Students become teachers and learn from each other
    • Highly-learner-centered instructional strategy
  • 8. Collaborative learning & content building applications
    • Collaborative problem-solving
    • Collaborative research
    • Glossaries ( example )
    • Bibliographies
  • 9. Collaborative learning & content building applications
    • Notebooks and journals
    • Class notes
    • Study guides
    Springnote online notebook
  • 10. Wikis for writing
    • Collaborative writing
    • Peer editing
  • 11. Examples of wiki initiatives
    • Under Control: The Damming of the Missouri River , a district-wide inquiry-based collaborative project
    • Brown University students began a wiki that serves as a review catalogue for courses
  • 12. Examples of wiki initiatives
    • Penguin Book’s: A Million Penguins
    • Mark Frydenburg’s IT class collaborated with another school around the world for a project
    • Paul Schacht’s Collaborative Writing Project
  • 13. Wikis as learning management systems
    • Living syllabus
    • Uploading course content
    • Portal
    • Productivity tools
    • communications
  • 14. Administrative uses for wikis
    • Much more accessible than hard copy documents
    • Eliminate emailing documents
    • Easy-updating means users can get most up-to-date information when they need it
  • 15. Administrative uses for wikis: university departments
    • Post manuals, handbooks, procedures online
    • Post contact directories online
    • Centralized location for collaborative projects, reports, etc. ( example )
    • Create a professional development/resource materials compendium
  • 16. Wikis for professional development
    • Departmental wikis ( example )
    • Reflective journal
    • E-portfolios
  • 17. Administrative uses for wikis: faculty
    • Online lesson plans
    • Online lecture notes
    • Productivity tool
  • 18. Administrative uses for wikis: students
    • Lecture, reading & assignment notes
    • Resource list
    • Workspace for report and project development
  • 19. Over to you…
    • What other uses of wikis have you used for university courses?
    • what other benefits could wikis have?
  • 20. Wiki hosts
    • pbwiki.com ( example )
    • wikispaces.com ( example )
    • wetpaint.com ( example )
  • 21. Considerations for Wiki creation & development
    • Identify benefits: what need will a wiki fulfill? What problem does it solve?
    • Consider kinds of tasks
    • Map out designs
    • Decide on and assign privileges
  • 22. References
    • Babuata, L. (2007, July 13). 15 productive uses for a wiki. Retrieved December 22, 2007, from The Web Worker Daily Website: http://webworkerdaily.com/2007/07/13/15-productive-uses-for-a-wiki/
    • Brisco, S. (2007). Which wiki is right for you? School Library Journal , 53(5), 78-9.
    • Engstrom, Mary E., & Jewett, Dusty (2005 Nov/Dec). Collaborative learning the wiki way. Techtrends: Linking Research & Practice to Improve Learning, v49 n6 pp12-68. Retrieved December 21, 2007, from ProQuest Research Database.
    • Frydenberg, M. (2007a, November 1). Edu case study – Pbwiki at Bentley College. Message posted to The Daily Peanut Web log at: http://blog.pbwiki.com/2007/11/01/edu-case-study-pbwiki-at-bentley-college/
    •   Frydenburg, M. (2007b). WikiTour4. Digital media retrieved November 2, 2007 from: http://www.screencast.com/users/checkmark/folders/Default/media/b2a560b2-3fca-45d6-b640-4e18e42426e5
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    • Galang, A. (2007). The Sound and the Wiki. PC Magazine , 26(19), 19. Retrieved from EBSCO Research Database, December 21, 2007.
    • Harding, J.R. (2007). Extending the Classroom Space: Wikis, Online Discussions, and Short Fiction. Eureka Studies in Teaching Short Fiction , 8(1), 131-138.
  • 23. References
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    Lamb, A. & Johnson, L. (2007). An Information skills workhout. Teacher Librarian , 34 (5), 57-59, 3. Retrieved December 21, 2007, from EBCO Research Database. Lamb, B. (2004). Wide open spaces: ready or not [Electronic version]. EDUCAUSE Review, 39(5), 36-48. Mitchell, T. (2007). Using Wikisto enhance teachingand learning. Retrieved October 28, 2007, from the Teaching Wiki Web site: http://www.teachingwiki.org/default.aspx/ TeachingWiki/UsingWikistoEnhanceTeachingandLearning.html Randall, A. (2007, October 5). PBwiki – a great complement to Blackboard! Message posted to The Daily Peanut Web log at: http://blog.pbwiki.com/2007/10/05/pbwiki-a-great-compliment-to-blackboard/ Richardson, W. (2005). What's a wiki?A powerful collaborative tool for teaching and learning. MultiMedia & Internet@Schools, 12 (6), 17- 20. Retrieved from ProQuest database, December 21, 2007. Srikanthan, T. (2006, November 6). Students display a Wiki way with words; York classes join online bandwagon. Toronto Star , p. R1. Retrieved December 22, 2007, from the ProQuest Database.