Teaching with wikis to build and share knowledge

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  • 1. Wiki Workshop Using Wikis to Build and Share Knowledge Valerie Thomas & Daoine Bachran English Department
  • 2.
    • Wikis are online writing spaces that allow users to read, create, edit, and share information in an asynchronous setting.
    What is a Wiki?
  • 3. How do Wikis Work?
    • Wikis are easy to use because they use formatting rules similar to those found in a word processor.
  • 4. What about changes in a Wiki?
    • Wikis keep a record of previous drafts so it’s possible to revert to a previous draft.
  • 5. Who can view your Wiki?
    • Wikis can be viewed by anyone who knows the Wiki web address or only those you invite. They can be edited by anyone you invite.
  • 6.
    • 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)
    • Wikis allow for dialog to occur about a document, research, or project.
    • Wikis blur the lines of authorship and ownership and allow for better collaboration (Lamb).
    • Wikis allow students to reflect on their learning and understand their learning process (Parker & Chao)
    • Wikis are fun for students to use; it breaks the monotony of regular class activities.
    Why Wiki?
  • 7.
    • Develop a project or paper with peer review
    • Provide free-writing space
    • Allow group authoring of a project or paper
    • Track a group project
    • Share research, data, case studies, creative work, etc.
    • Allow student-generated review of course material or course notes
    • Post literature reviews
    What Ways Can You Wiki?
  • 8.
    • Build an annotated bibliography
    • Create a glossary
    • Develop a list of FAQs
    • Keep a journal
    • Establish policies or initiatives
    • Support service learning projects
    • Build a webpage
    • Brainstorm ideas
    Other Ways to Wiki…
  • 9. Joe Moxley, USF What Happens in a Wiki?
    • Exchange of information and knowledge
    • Harnesses the combined resources of all participants for the benefit of all
    • Develops student autonomy and self-directed learning (Mindel & Verma)
  • 10.
    • Structured: instructor develops structure based on predetermined ideas
    • Versus
    • Unstructured: students determine structure
    How should I setup my Wiki?
  • 11.
    • Mandate use
    • Provide grading scheme
    • Provide clear instructions for all work done on the Wiki
    • Provide tutorial or demonstrate in class
    How to get students to participate?
  • 12. How do I track participation?
    • Wikis provide the ability to
    • view previous versions
    • track edits made by contributors
    • view comments by contributors
  • 13.
    • If you have any questions, please contact us at vthomas@unm.edu or bachran@unm.edu.
    Thank You