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  • The word Wiki comes from the hawaiian term “wiki-wiki” which can be translated as very quick. Honolulu International Airport is the home of the Wiki-Wiki Express, seen in this picture. Until recently, most passengers took this bus service to get between gate areas. However, the service may no longer be the fastest way as many passengers are now choosing their feet instead of the bus and traveling through an air conditioned walkway.
  • You’ll see an old style wiki, where students in the class would collaborate by possibly having different color chalk and writing their ideas on a board. Wiki is a visual version of the same type of collaboration and document creation but by using an electronic tool on the Internet. A wiki is simply a collaborative website where all participants have equal ability to make changes to content. A good wiki is easy to use, so participants can be productive right away. An important feature of a wiki is a history of who has done what work in the wiki. Another important feature is the ability to be able to revert back to any previous versions of a wiki in order to correct a mistake or maybe go in a different direction.
  • Of course one of the most well-known wikis may be Wikipedia. Although it gets a deservedly bad wrap as a primary source for writing a paper, many educators encourage their students to start with Wikipedia when researching a topic. It can be a good place to find keywords for searching and links to more credible sources.
  • Course Wikis

    1. 1. Building Engaging Learning Environments Creating & Using Course Wikis Presentation by Jason Rhode, Ph.D. | |
    2. 2. Session Overview <ul><li>Introduction to Wikis </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Overview of wiki features & benefits of use </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Why wikis are used in higher education </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Introduction to Google’s free wiki tool </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Experiences Using Wikis in Higher Education </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Incorporating group wikis in f2f, blended, & online courses </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sample group project wiki with instructions for students </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sample activities designed for wikis </li></ul></ul><ul><li>What You Need to Know Before Getting Started </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Free tools to choose from & where to find them </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tips for selecting the right wiki tool & designing wiki activities for your class </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wiki issues & limitations </li></ul></ul>
    3. 3. Wiki-Wiki Express <ul><li>Passenger bus service at Honolulu International Airport </li></ul><ul><li>Until recently, most passengers took this bus service to travel between gates </li></ul>Photo credit:
    4. 4. What is a Wiki? <ul><li>Collaborative website where all participants have equal ability to make changes to content </li></ul><ul><li>Key features: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Easy to use </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>History of contributions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ability to revert to previous versions </li></ul></ul>Photo credit:
    5. 5. First Wiki by Ward Cunningham
    6. 6. Page Content Title Menu with Links to Pages of the Wiki Create Edit
    7. 7. Wikipedia
    8. 8. 7 Things You Should Know
    9. 9. Why Wikis in Higher Education? <ul><li>Facilitate constructivist approaches to learning </li></ul><ul><li>Equal “voice” for all participants </li></ul><ul><li>Students retain access to constructed knowledge after course ends </li></ul><ul><li>Can be public or private </li></ul><ul><li>Easy to use; no advanced programming skills needed </li></ul><ul><li>View and contribute from any Internet connection </li></ul>
    10. 10. Mobile Applications
    11. 11. Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy’s+Digital+Taxonomy
    12. 12. Uses of Wikis <ul><li>E-portfolios </li></ul><ul><li>Group collaborations </li></ul><ul><li>Soliciting input from others </li></ul><ul><li>Presentations </li></ul><ul><li>…any collaborative content creation activity! </li></ul>
    13. 13. Google Sites
    14. 14. Google Sites Overview
    15. 17. Demo: Introduction to Google Sites <ul><li>Tour of several previous course wikis </li></ul><ul><li>Creating a course wiki in Google Sites </li></ul><ul><li>Initial configurations to customize </li></ul><ul><li>Adding students as contributors </li></ul>
    16. 18. Sample Education Wikis <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Directory of Wiki Tools: </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
    17. 19. Demo: Sample Course Wiki
    18. 20. Tips for Teaching with Wikis <ul><li>Decide whether to use single wiki for class or multiples wikis (e.g. each group) </li></ul><ul><li>Provide suggested organizational structure or create empty pages (recommended) </li></ul><ul><li>Customize navigation for easy access (ie: links to pages) </li></ul><ul><li>Create sub-pages within hierarchical structure </li></ul>
    19. 21. Tips for Designing Wiki Activities <ul><li>Specify clear purpose for use of wiki </li></ul><ul><li>Provide expectations & structure for contributions </li></ul><ul><li>Allow time for students to become familiar with the wiki tool (e.g. make contributions to individual page) </li></ul><ul><li>Include instructions for use and/or links where students can find more information (e.g. screencast instructions) </li></ul>
    20. 22. Sample Screencast Tour
    21. 23. STOLEN Principle S pecific Overall Objective O wnership L ocalized Objective E ngagement Rules N avigation <ul><li>Clear purpose </li></ul><ul><li>Grading strategy </li></ul><ul><li>Define times for different stages of use </li></ul><ul><li>Define end point </li></ul><ul><li>Collaborative ownership </li></ul><ul><li>Some structure of what is expected </li></ul><ul><li>Start points for editing; not a blank canvas </li></ul><ul><li>Who can edit </li></ul><ul><li>Which parts can they edit </li></ul><ul><li>Clear navigation structure </li></ul><ul><li>Simple navigation </li></ul><ul><li>Acceptable & unacceptable use </li></ul>T imely
    22. 24. Sample Group Project Using Wikis
    23. 25. More Activity Ideas for Wikis <ul><li>Brainstorming of ideas </li></ul><ul><li>Outlining text materials </li></ul><ul><li>Drafting weekly summaries of instructional content </li></ul><ul><li>Collecting bibliography of supplemental resources </li></ul><ul><li>Creating interactive glossary of key terms </li></ul><ul><li>…the list goes on, limited only by your imagination! </li></ul>
    24. 26. Free Wiki Tools <ul><li>Google Sites – </li></ul><ul><li>Intodit – </li></ul><ul><li>PBworks – </li></ul><ul><li>springnote – </li></ul><ul><li>Wikispaces – </li></ul><ul><li>Directory of Wiki Tools: </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
    25. 27. Selecting the Right Wiki Tool <ul><li>Does your institution already offer and/or support a wiki tool? </li></ul><ul><li>Is free hosting available? </li></ul><ul><li>Is a “WYSIWYG” (What You See Is What You Get) editor built into the wiki? </li></ul><ul><li>Is special “wiki markup” needed for advanced editing? </li></ul><ul><li>How long will the wiki be available to students? </li></ul>
    26. 28. Selecting the Right Wiki Tool – cont. <ul><li>Can pages be made either public or private? </li></ul><ul><li>Can other files be uploaded & stored with wiki pages? </li></ul><ul><li>Can other media elements be embedded in wiki pages? (e.g. videos, spreadsheets, calendars, etc.) </li></ul><ul><li>How well does the wiki tool integrate with other online services? </li></ul><ul><li>How stable is the wiki hosting provider? </li></ul>
    27. 29. Wiki Issues & Limitations <ul><li>Authorization of users (ie: Users must have a login to the wiki tool) </li></ul><ul><li>Monitoring for inappropriate use </li></ul><ul><li>Risks to allowing manipulation of site data </li></ul><ul><li>Structuring initial content & pages can be a challenge </li></ul><ul><li>How one accesses information, navigates, creates links, etc. must be addressed early </li></ul><ul><li>Often represents collective perspective </li></ul>
    28. 30. Keep in Mind… <ul><li>&quot;When it comes to learning, technology doesn’t matter, but structure does.&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>- Eric Wignall </li></ul>
    29. 31. Questions & Answers <ul><li>What additional questions do you have? </li></ul>
    30. 32. Presenter Contact Info Jason Rhode (email) (twitter) (blog) (web) 815.209.9783 (phone) (facebook)