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Supporting collaborative initiatives in wiki mediated environments


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Faculty and design/technology professionals discuss the implications of using a wiki for collaborative student projects in higher education.

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Supporting collaborative initiatives in wiki mediated environments

  1. 1. Supporting Collaborative Initiatives in Wiki-mediated Environments: A Panel Discussion<br />Panel members: ---------------------------<br /><ul><li>Jianhao Chen, smatArea Coordinator
  2. 2. Teresa Smith, Nursing Program Faculty
  3. 3. Craig Lamb, Director of Academic support
  4. 4. Joshua Gaul, O.I.T. Instructional Technologist</li></ul>Moderator: --------------------------------<br /><ul><li>Lisa Rapple, C.D.L. Curriculum Design team</li></li></ul><li>Overview of the program:<br />Lisa Rapple Intro: What is a WIKI? (student orientation video), and <br />Why choose a WIKI, educational implications? <br />Introduce the panel members.<br />Joshua Gaul – WIKI features that facilitate educators’ needs<br />Teresa Smith – Student collaborative work (Student Artifacts)<br />Jianhao Chen – Student feedback after using a WIKI<br />Craig Lamb – Professional development on a WIKI<br />Joshua Gaul – future of wiki-mediated tools at Empire State College<br />QUESTIONS FOR THE PANEL - <br />
  5. 5. Who knows what a WIKI really is?<br />
  6. 6. What is a WIKI?<br />
  7. 7. Educational Implications <br />of a WIKI?<br />Wiki-mediated learning environments facilitate social constructivist design models. The students are brought into close proximity with one another, the content, and the instructor so that collaborative learning activities that support improved learning outcomes are possible.<br />
  8. 8. Students buy-in.<br />Students quality of work improves<br />Great for colleagues to collaborate.<br />The technology exists<br />Craig<br />Lamb<br />Jianhao<br />Chen<br />Tre<br />Smith<br />Josh<br />Gaul<br />Wiki Discussion Panel <br />
  9. 9. Joshua Gaul - WIKI key functional features for educators’<br /><ul><li> Create a post with an image, a table, and a bulleted list.
  10. 10. Edit that post after the fact.
  11. 11. Go back and revert to the first version of the post.
  12. 12. Edit another person's post. (Can they see who made which edits?)
  13. 13. Export a post as another format (PDF, doc, html - which ones work?).
  14. 14. Print a post - how's it look?
  15. 15. Use the search function to find a post you have created.
  16. 16. Add a member to the wiki giving them the lowest possible level of access.
  17. 17. Comment on someone else's post.
  18. 18. Change the theme of the wiki.
  19. 19. Make the wiki private.
  20. 20. Make one page of the wiki private. (?)
  21. 21. Wiki Taskforce, ESC 2011 </li></li></ul><li>Joshua Gaul - WIKI key functional features for educators’<br />
  22. 22. Teresa Smith – Student collaborative work <br /><br />
  23. 23. Jianhao Chen – Student feedback on using a WIKI<br />
  24. 24. Craig Lamb – Professional Collaboration on a WIKI<br />
  25. 25. Joshua Gaul – Future of wiki-mediated tools at Empire State College<br />Based on the results of our project, Wikispaces has made us lean in its direction, however we have determined that a good solution for us would be to build this in-house. This is for a few reasons: ---Login is easier to handle if its within an already owned software (Open Atrium) <br /> ---We aren't sure of the immediate buy-in, so spending $6000 a year on an enterprise software doesn't make sense to start. If we get lots of interest, we'll re- consider at that time. <br /> ---A little more control over use may ease the minds of end-users; we will offer this as an alternative option. If people would like to still use their existing wikis in Wikispaces, PBWiki, etc., they are welcome to.<br />Wikispaces will be the best solution when we have a high volume of buy-in. For now, we can "duplicate" its capabilities in house, based on what you have told us are priorities in a tool like this. We are hoping to be setup for testing for the summer term or, at the latest, the fall term.<br />Wiki Taskforce, ESC 2011 <br />
  26. 26. QUESTIONS FOR THE PANEL <br />