Wiki SWOT Analysis

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Wiki SWOT Analysis

  1. 1. A SWOT AnalysisLeonardo Langaro | PD MAL DIT | 21.05.2010
  2. 2. Strenghts  Openness and accessibility  Facilitate to work with others  Creates knowledge and communities  Usability  Anonymity of authorship  Public ownership  Freely technology  Organized by the context or by links
  3. 3. Weaknesses  Difficulties to trust content  Used to repeat work  Content is constantly changing  Not professionally edited  Need close control to prevent vandalism
  4. 4. Opportunities  Motivate collaboration  Versatile tool  Long life learning  Growing and flexible resource  Comprehensive  Share knowledge, resources, experiences  Everyone is smarter than anyone alone  Encorage learning and critical thinking  Large audience  Virtual community
  5. 5. Threats  Users can erase content  Vandalism  Copyright, intellectual property issues  Taken as the only source of information  Content can be spammed  Constraints to the tool  Openness (no login required)
  6. 6. Conclusions  The Wiki technology can help and facilitates future students learning, if we had the goal to deliver learning and eLearning experiences to those students.  As a legacy, the tool needs to keep growing and developing, so knwoledge can be expanded and transmitted.  Enables simultaneous involvement of all elements of a group, through a collaborative knowledge creation in a balanced and gradual manner.  Allows interaction to insert content and facilitates eLearning students the opportunity to learn how to make a learning object with these features.  The negative aspects can be easely controlled, or even used as a source to improve the wiki.
  7. 7. References  Barton, M., & Cummings, R. E. (2008). Wiki writing : collaborative learning in the college classroom. Ann Arbor, Mich.: University of Michigan Press.  Bruns, A., & Humphreys, S. (2005, October). Wikis in teaching and assessment: the m/cyclopedia project. Paper presented at the International Symposium on Wikis, San Diego, CA.  Ebersbach, A., Glaser, M., & Heigl, R. (2006). Wiki Web collaboration. Berlin: Springer.  Forte, A., & Bruckman, A. (2007, October). Constructing text: wiki as a toolkit for (collaborative?) learning. Paper presented at the International Symposium on Wikis, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.  Lamb, B. (2009). Wide Open Spaces: Wikis, Ready or Not. EDUCASE Review Magazine, 39(5), 36-48.  Schwartz, L., Clark, S., Cossarin, M., & Rudolph, J. (2004). Educational Wikis: features and selection criteria. The International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, 5(24). © 2010 Leonardo Langaro

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