Wikis supporting research workshops in higher education, prospective use in Cuban universities

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R. Rodríguez-Hidalgo, A. Torres-Alfonso, C. Zhu, F. Questier, Wikis supporting research workshops in higher education, prospective use in Cuban universities, Proceedings of CISTI 2011, 6th Iberian Conference on Information Systems and Technologies, Portugal, June 2011, pp 146-155 (978-1-4577-1487-0) http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/xpl/articleDetails.jsp?&arnumber=5974297

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Wikis supporting research workshops in higher education, prospective use in Cuban universities

  1. 1. Wikis supporting research workshops in higher education Prospective use in Cuban universities Authors MSc. Roberto C. Rodríguez-Hidalgo Prof. Dr. Chang Zhu Prof. Dr. Aida M. Torres-Alfonso Prof. Dr. Frederik Questier Departamento de Tecnología Educativa Department of Educational SciencesUniversidad Central “Marta Abreu” de Las Villas (UCLV) Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) Santa Clara, Cuba Brussels, Belgium
  2. 2. This presentation can be found at http://questier.comhttp://www.slideshare.net/Frederik_Questier
  3. 3. Frederik QuestierVrije Universiteit Brussel Belgium
  4. 4. Roberto Carlos Rodríguez-Hidalgo from UCVL, Cuba
  5. 5. 8 projects in the programme with UCLV Cuba1. ICT Infrastructure and e-administration2. ICT in Education3. Library development4. Institutional policy and management capacity development English for academic purposes in international collaboration5. Improving the Quality of Programs in Plant and Animal Sciences6. Education in Pharmaceutical Sciences7. Education in Environmental Education and Clean Technologies8. Research and postgraduate education in Computer Sciences
  6. 6. Intermediate results of ICT in Education Project➢ installation of training, development and support facilities➢ improvement of the knowledge, skills and attitudes of UCLV staff➢ improvement of the local developed SEPAD learning environment➢ development of a M.Sc. “New Technologies in Education” – (2000 students 2007)➢ development of a PhD Programme for ICT in Education➢ improvement of research➢ dissemination of results and experiences
  7. 7. Context of the study
  8. 8. Databases Sciences of Information careernetworked learning wiki social software collaborative learning Web 2.0 Cuban higher educationteaching and learning process collaboration graphs theory research workshop social networks analysis peer learning relationships
  9. 9. Research background Hypotheses (1st pilot study) 1. the collaboration supported by social software reinforces the peer relationships among the students of the class 2. and improves the time efficiency of the stakeholders participating on
  10. 10. Methodology52. Z. Todd, B. Nerlich, S. McKeown, and D. Clarke, Mixing methods in psychology, Hove: Psychology Press, 2004.53. I. Silverman, “Why social psychology fails,” Canadian Psychological Review, vol. 18, 1977, pp. 353-8.
  11. 11. Results – peer relationships (Gephi Software)before after
  12. 12. ResultsSocial Network Analysis Metric Before After Isolated nodes 5 1 Directed edges 36 102 Graph Density 0.095 0.268 Shortest Paths 123 326 Average Shortest Paths 2.528 1.995 Average Betweeness 0.055 0.126 Centrality Average Closeness 0.987 0.450 Centrality Modularity 0.389 0.435* Clustering Coefficient 0.225 0.617 Number of Communities 7 3 Triangles 12 149
  13. 13. ResultsCorrelation scores and spent time? N N IO IO AT AT EL EL RR RR CO CO O ON N
  14. 14. Time spent without vs with ICT CE T N AN Descriptive Statistics RE IC FE NIF N Min. Max. Mean Std. Dev.D SIGtime_before 20 ,0 6,0 1,950 1,3659 O IFtime_after 19 ,5 2,5 1,658 ,7275NValid N 19(listwise)
  15. 15. Students’ scores Descriptive Statistics N Min. Max. Mean Std. Dev.Report 1 & 2 20 2 4,5 3,03 1,082Report 3 19 5 5 5,00 0,000topic_knowledge12 20 2 5 3,53 0,866topic_knowledge3 10 3 5 3,90 0,568
  16. 16. Conclusions• This experience is extensible in Cuban higher education – More engaged students – Better quality of research reports• Checking hypotheses the collaboration supported by social software reinforces the peer relationships among the students of the class, and improves the time efficiency of the stakeholders participating on
  17. 17. Limitations of the study
  18. 18. Recommendations for subsequent use• Alternating the number of members and membership of the research teams.• Providing the students with various collaboration strategies.• Using the online forums of the wiki instead of the e-mail.• Using the RSS channels for controlling the contributions and discussions.
  19. 19. Recommendations for subsequent use• Promoting the use of references to the resources for a better supporting of the students’ contributions.• Warranting the training of the students on the use of this kind of tools.• Decreasing the complexity of the tools for analysing the classroom network.• Improving and increasing the ways of feedback between students and instructors.
  20. 20. Credits of pictures• Maps of Belgium and Cuba: Wikimedia Commons, CC• Logo and programme cycle, copyright VLIR UOS• Santa Clara University• Vrije Universiteit Brussel• Picture Frederik Questier, copyright by Christophe Empsen• The Logo of the Dokuwiki software by Esther Brunner
  21. 21. Obrigado Thanks Questions This presentation can be found at http://questier.comhttp://www.slideshare.net/Frederik_Questier

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