A Successful Pedagogical Experiment: Using Wikis in Academic Lectures


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Lately there has been a lot of talk about wikis. A wiki is a Web software which allows users to add information, like on a forum. Moreover, anyone can edit the content very easily.
Although wiki is a part of the new Internet trends (the Web 2.0 technologies), at the moment it is quite difficult to estimate how many of the Romanian universities use wiki and in what way: research or practice space, collaborative knowledge administration system, information management, academic lectures, etc. This paper comprises a description of the activities which were carried out, and of the topics the students debated in the wiki space OraDeInfo.wikispaces.com, during the first semester of the 2006-2007 academic year, at the University of the West, from Timisoara. This paper enforces the role of using wiki in education, especially as a platform for developing a virtual learning community.

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  • Interesting slideshow! Thanks Gabriela.
    I am currently developing a free and open source wiki especially designed for the education. If you are interested, please visit http://learnexperiment.wikidot.com/start
    Jean-Pierre Redonnet.
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  • Great job!
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  • Why use wiki? Let me paraphrase you.
    1. Learn how to use internet efficiently and effectively.
    2. Develop collaborative and communication skills in a virtual space.
    3. Develop attitudes towards Web 2.0 technologies.
    4. Improve digital competence of my students individually or collectively.
    5. Develop the competence in creating and contributing great content to the internet.
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  • Wow. a very good table illustrating how to use Wiki to build learning communities.
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  • Wiki in collaborative sensemaking. I love that. Thanks.
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  • A Successful Pedagogical Experiment: Using Wikis in Academic Lectures

    1. 1. A Successful Pedagogical Experiment: Using Wikis in Academic Lectures Gabriela GROSSECK Senior lecturer, Ph.D. West University of Timisoara 12-13 April eLSE07 Bucharest
    2. 2. What is a wiki? <ul><li>Wiki =quick (in Hawaiian) </li></ul><ul><li>A website in which content can be created and edited by a community of users ( often without need for special privileges ) </li></ul><ul><li>Software that allows people with no knowledge of HTML or other </li></ul><ul><li>programming languages </li></ul><ul><li>to create and/or edit a website </li></ul>
    3. 3. The largest wiki: WiKIPEDIA <ul><li>Best example is Wikipedia </li></ul><ul><li>Wikipedia is: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A free encyclopedia </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Multilingual </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Web-based </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Written collaboratively by volunteers </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Most articles can be changed by anyone </li></ul><ul><li>Wikipedia has more than 3 million articles </li></ul>
    4. 4. Wiki technology <ul><li>Wiki ≠ Wikipedia </li></ul><ul><li>Enables people to work collaboratively </li></ul><ul><li>You can learn to use a wiki in 30-60 min. </li></ul><ul><li>Many different programs to choose from </li></ul><ul><li>There are several free sources for wikis (~200) </li></ul>
    5. 5. Why wiki? / Why not wiki? <ul><li>Easy to use </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Web-based </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Simple software commands </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Anyone can make changes </li></ul><ul><li>Flexible and easy to add content to </li></ul><ul><li>Harness collective intelligence! </li></ul><ul><li>Can help develop a culture of sharing and working together (cf. open source) </li></ul><ul><li>The success of the Wikipedia may not necessarily be replicated elsewhere. </li></ul><ul><li>Vandalism and spam </li></ul><ul><li>Disorganized </li></ul><ul><li>Too open/ not enough control of content </li></ul><ul><li>There may be copyright and other legal issues regarding collaborative content </li></ul><ul><li>There is not (yet) a standard lightweight Wiki markup language </li></ul>
    6. 6. Ways to use Wiki in education <ul><li>Students can use a wiki to develop research projects. </li></ul><ul><li>Students can add summaries of their thoughts from the prescribed readings. </li></ul><ul><li>A wiki can be used for publishing course resources like syllabi and handouts. </li></ul><ul><li>Teachers can use wikis as a knowledge base. </li></ul><ul><li>Wikis can be used to map concepts (brainstorming, linked network of resources). </li></ul><ul><li>A wiki can be used as a presentation tool in place of conventional software. </li></ul><ul><li>Wikis are tools for group authoring. </li></ul>Victoria A. Davis, 2006
    7. 7. Why I wanted to use a wiki <ul><li>Students experience a technology they probably hadn’t encountered before </li></ul><ul><li>Students learn about collaborative “sense-making” </li></ul><ul><li>Huge potential for building community </li></ul>
    8. 8. Using Wikis to Build Learning Communities
    9. 9. Why I use Wikispaces.com?
    10. 10. http:// OraDeInfo.Wikispaces.com
    11. 21. Why follow the “wiki way”? <ul><li>achieving knowledge in efficient use of the Internet </li></ul><ul><li>developing relational and communication competences in virtual space </li></ul><ul><li>forming of specific attitudes regarding the Web 2.0 technologies (wiki, blog, RSS, social bookmarking etc.) </li></ul><ul><li>developing/improving digital competences for individuals and groups </li></ul><ul><li>the students can exercise their most important competence - the competence of creating content </li></ul>
    12. 22. Why follow the “wikispaces way”? <ul><li>organizing, cooperating and interpersonal relation competences </li></ul><ul><li>developing formative and informative valences for the students, critical thinking and creativity </li></ul><ul><li>involving the students in taking decisions </li></ul><ul><li>participating learning and learning by discovering in on-line environment </li></ul><ul><li>building a learning community ! </li></ul>
    13. 23. Lessons learned <ul><li>Don’t be afraid to experiment! </li></ul><ul><li>Be flexible! </li></ul><ul><li>Get feedback from users! </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t get frustrated! </li></ul><ul><li>Learn how to use this powerful content management!! </li></ul>
    14. 24. Q&A Thank you ! Gabriela GROSSECK West University of Timisoara Faculty of Sociology and Psychology Department of Foreign Languages and Social Informatics 4 Bd. V. Parvan, office 029 300223 Timisoara, Romania phone: 0040-256-592.266 fax: 0040-256-592.320 email: [email_address] blog: http://grosseck.blogspot.com