Wiki in the classroom:  potentials, pitfalls, plans
Introduction●   About me    ●   Andrew Famiglietti        –   PhD American Culture Studies, Bowling Green State           ...
Potentials
Trace Pedagogy●   Based on “Trace Ethnography”    ●   Developed by R. Stuart Geiger (@staeiou) and David        Ribes in “...
Trace Pedagogy●   Students working in a wiki environment also leave    traces    ●   Examples: individual grammar edits ma...
A Recursive Composition Environment●   Students not only compose the text, they    compose the environment for composing t...
P2P Assignment Sharing●   Following the wiki tradition of sharing,    appropriation and reuse allows for    collaborative ...
Pitfalls
Why a classroom is not a wiki                   community●   Students dont self-select in the same way wiki    community m...
Why a class emulating a wiki        community is not a normal class●   A recursive process disrupts the traditional class ...
Plans
Badges●   Stolen shamelessly from Alex Halavais●   Assignments are broken into small, discrete    tasks that students comp...
Tools and techniques for reading               wiki traces●   At current, options are conventional reading of    wiki logs...
Final Thoughts●   Wikis give us the opportunity to create recursive    composition environments, and to trace student    a...
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Wiki in the Classroom: Potentials Pitf

  1. 1. Wiki in the classroom: potentials, pitfalls, plans
  2. 2. Introduction● About me ● Andrew Famiglietti – PhD American Culture Studies, Bowling Green State University – Brittain Postdoctoral Fellow, Georgia Tech – Afamiglietti on twitter/afamiglietti@gmail.com● Examples of wiki assignments ● Attempts to not only use wiki technology but emulate Wikipedia community ● http://workingtropes.lcc.gatech.edu/ ● http://buzzpedia.lcc.gatech.edu
  3. 3. Potentials
  4. 4. Trace Pedagogy● Based on “Trace Ethnography” ● Developed by R. Stuart Geiger (@staeiou) and David Ribes in “The Work of Sustaining Wikipedia: The Banning of a Vandal” ● “a way of generating rich accounts of interaction by combining [...] analysis of the various “traces” that are automatically recorded by the projects software alongside an ethnographically-derived understanding of the tools, techniques, practices, and procedures that generate such traces”
  5. 5. Trace Pedagogy● Students working in a wiki environment also leave traces ● Examples: individual grammar edits made to a page, the record of editing activity for a single student, discussions between classmates working on the same page, class-wide design discussions● Traces can be used to guide & evaluate student writing● Traces are available to instructor and other students alike● Focusing on traces focuses on process
  6. 6. A Recursive Composition Environment● Students not only compose the text, they compose the environment for composing the text ● Examples: collaborative style guide, license and deadline debates, CSS for overall site design, extensions to enable new forms of content● Both socially and technologically recursive● Traces help keep track of this recursive process
  7. 7. P2P Assignment Sharing● Following the wiki tradition of sharing, appropriation and reuse allows for collaborative assignment development by faculty ● Example: My Working Tropes wiki was the basis for Robin Whartons Body and Being wiki● Traces allow for the process of revising and customizing an assignment to be followed and understood
  8. 8. Pitfalls
  9. 9. Why a classroom is not a wiki community● Students dont self-select in the same way wiki community members do ● Recursive process and trace-leaving will not happen “organically” ● Expect resistance to new composition mode from some students ● Students will take time to realize they have permission to change each others work ● Commitment to project will be wildly uneven ● Convincing students to take on leadership roles can be challenging
  10. 10. Why a class emulating a wiki community is not a normal class● A recursive process disrupts the traditional class power structure ● Dont romanticize this● Assigning work and then evaluating results will likely not be a satisfactory method● Lead by example
  11. 11. Plans
  12. 12. Badges● Stolen shamelessly from Alex Halavais● Assignments are broken into small, discrete tasks that students complete to earn badges● Fits wiki process well because students can design the larger composition process while still meeting explicit goals● Traces allow students to document their badge- worthy activities easily
  13. 13. Tools and techniques for reading wiki traces● At current, options are conventional reading of wiki logs and statistical techniques● Better methods for qualitatively reading wiki traces need to be developed ● Possibilities include: methods for visualizing user activity, methods for comparing the state of different wiki spaces at the same time
  14. 14. Final Thoughts● Wikis give us the opportunity to create recursive composition environments, and to trace student actions in that environment● We must be mindful of our unique role as instructors in wiki assignments, and of the distinctions between a wiki community and a classroom● Following the wiki tradition of sharing, adaptation and reuse can allow faculty collaboration on assignments

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