Teaching With Wikis To Build And Share Knowledge

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Teaching With Wikis To Build And Share Knowledge

  1. 1. Wiki Workshop Using Wikis to Build and Share Knowledge Gary Harrison and Valerie Thomas English Department
  2. 2. <ul><li>Wikis are online writing spaces that allow users to read, create, edit, and share information in an asynchronous setting. </li></ul>What is a Wiki?
  3. 3. How do Wikis Work? <ul><li>Wikis are easy to use because they use formatting rules similar to those found in a word processor. </li></ul>
  4. 4. How do Wikis Work? <ul><li>Wikis keep a record of previous drafts so it’s possible to revert to a previous draft. </li></ul><ul><li>Wikis can be viewed by anyone who knows the Wiki web address and edited by anyone who knows the Wiki password. </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>Wikis allow the instructor to move away from being the transmitter of information to a facilitator of information. They allow students to construct knowledge (Mindel & Verma) </li></ul><ul><li>Wikis allow for dialog to occur about a document, research, or project. </li></ul><ul><li>Wikis blur the lines of authorship and ownership and allow for better collaboration (Lamb). </li></ul><ul><li>Wikis allow students to reflect on their learning and understand their learning process (Parker & Chao) </li></ul>Why Wiki?
  6. 6. <ul><li>Develop a project or paper with peer review </li></ul><ul><li>Provide free-writing space </li></ul><ul><li>Allow group authoring of a project or paper </li></ul><ul><li>Track a group project </li></ul><ul><li>Share research, data, case studies, creative work, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Allow student-generated review of course material or course notes </li></ul><ul><li>Post literature reviews </li></ul>What Ways Can You Wiki?
  7. 7. <ul><li>Build an annotated bibliography </li></ul><ul><li>Create a glossary </li></ul><ul><li>Develop a list of FAQs </li></ul><ul><li>Keep a journal </li></ul><ul><li>Establish policies or initiatives </li></ul><ul><li>Support service learning projects </li></ul><ul><li>Build a webpage </li></ul><ul><li>Brainstorm ideas </li></ul>What Ways Can You Wiki?
  8. 8. Joe Moxley, USF What Happens in a Wiki? <ul><li>Exchange of information and knowledge </li></ul><ul><li>Harnesses the combined resources of all participants for the benefit of all </li></ul><ul><li>Develops student autonomy and self-directed learning (Mindel & Verma) </li></ul>
  9. 9. Tracking Participation <ul><li>Wikis provide the ability to </li></ul><ul><li>view previous versions </li></ul><ul><li>track edits made by contributors </li></ul><ul><li>view comments by contributors </li></ul><ul><li>chat with others </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>Structured: instructor develops structure based on predetermined ideas </li></ul><ul><li>Versus </li></ul><ul><li>Unstructured: students determine structure </li></ul>Wiki Setup
  11. 11. <ul><li>Mandate use </li></ul><ul><li>Provide grading scheme </li></ul><ul><li>Provide clear instructions for all work done on the Wiki </li></ul><ul><li>Provide tutorial or demonstrate in class </li></ul>Getting Students to Participate
  12. 12. <ul><li>If you have any questions, please contact us at vthomas@unm.edu or garyh@unm.edu. </li></ul>Thank You

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