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This slide show was presented at the Educause Western Regional Conference in April, 2008, along with another discussion on wikis by two staff members from Occidental College. I used SlideShare since I …

This slide show was presented at the Educause Western Regional Conference in April, 2008, along with another discussion on wikis by two staff members from Occidental College. I used SlideShare since I wanted to easily show the slideshow during the presentation and not worry about it being on a computer.

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  • As you’ve heard from Occidental College, wikis offer many ways to collaborate and create content. However, the effective use of this technology often requires a paradigm shift in the teaching and learning process as well as the integration of best practices specifically for wikis. For my part of this panel discussion, I’ll tell you how three faculty members at Boise State are using wikis, what they discovered, the challenges they encountered, and best practices that should make working with a wiki easier and more productive, (By the way, Gayle, David, and I put this presentation together using a wiki, which shows you that we practice what we preach! To access pdf files of our PowerPoints and a link to this actual PowerPoint, just go to our wiki: http://wikipanel.pbwiki.com) First, I’ll provide an overview of Boise State and then move into a discussion of how wikis were used. I’ll wrap it up with a discussion of best practices for effective wiki use.
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    • 1. Within the Wiki: Best Practices for Educators Barbara Schroeder [email_address] Academic Technologies, Boise State University Educause Western Regional Conference, 2008 Resources for this presentation: http://wikipanel.pbwiki.com
    • 2. Boise State University
    • 3. Why use wikis?
      • Needed platform that would enable collaboration
      • Dissatisfied with current limitations of course management system
      • Wanted to engage students in learning
      • Quick & easy to set up
      • Advanced features: RSS feeds, page history
    • 4. You can use a wiki as a course site and ongoing resource for students and teachers. http://bsuenglish101.pbwiki.com
    • 5. You can use a wiki to develop student writing skills and bring in outside resources. http://whitecollarcrime.wikispaces.com
    • 6. You can use a wiki as a workspace for students to plan and develop a final product. http://virtualicebreakers.pbwiki.com
    • 7. Common challenges student discomfort with wiki environment/culture: software collaboration self-directed work critiquing others’ work technology
    • 8. Measurements of Success?
      • No research data at this point
      • Need to set up evaluation studies comparing wikis to courses set up in Blackboard
      • Evaluation of collaboration process as well as product(s) produced
    • 9. 1. Create a culture of trust among wiki participants.
    • 10. 2. Set up conventions and require students to abide by these. http://wikipatterns.com
    • 11. 3. Have a common goal for all participants.
    • 12. 4. Assign meaningful, authentic activities.
    • 13. 5. Include explicit instructions and provide time for practice.
    • 14. 6. Remind students of course deadlines and schedules.
    • 15. 7. Define and identify roles for collaborative activities.
    • 16. 8. Provide clear and explicit course expectations.
    • 17. 9. Model examples of collaborative activities.
    • 18. 10. Be patient with students and realize they may need help.
    • 19. Questions you might have
      • What do I need to know to get started using a wiki?
      • Why would I use a wiki . . . what advantages might it have over my course management system?
      • What wiki software would you recommend?
    • 20. Thanks for coming!
      • Barbara Schroeder, Boise State University
      • Gayle Burns, Occidental College
      • David Reed, Occidental College

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