Educational Applications Of Wikis


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  • Educational Applications Of Wikis

    1. 1. Educational Applications of Wikis The development of online learning communities in university courses Alicia Cundell Qatar University [email_address]
    2. 2. Introducing Wikis: Wikis in Plain English Video Retrieved January 2, 2008, from the Common Craft Web site at:
    3. 3. Why wikis? <ul><li>access and editing of pages can be controlled </li></ul><ul><li>editing can be done by anyone </li></ul><ul><li>no knowledge needed of programming languages or web development </li></ul><ul><li>user-friendly editing features </li></ul>
    4. 4. Why wikis?
    5. 5. Why wikis? <ul><li>No additional software needed </li></ul><ul><li>Wiki pages are accessible from any computer connected to the Internet </li></ul><ul><li>easier to manage and update than HTML </li></ul><ul><li>Page editing history & RSS notification </li></ul>
    6. 7. Collaborative learning & content building <ul><li>Wikis are collaborative in nature </li></ul><ul><li>Facilitates community-building within the course </li></ul><ul><li>Students become teachers and learn from each other </li></ul><ul><li>Highly-learner-centered instructional strategy </li></ul>
    7. 8. Collaborative learning & content building applications <ul><li>Collaborative problem-solving </li></ul><ul><li>Collaborative research </li></ul><ul><li>Glossaries ( example ) </li></ul><ul><li>Bibliographies </li></ul>
    8. 9. Collaborative learning & content building applications <ul><li>Notebooks and journals </li></ul><ul><li>Class notes </li></ul><ul><li>Study guides </li></ul>Springnote online notebook
    9. 10. Wikis for writing <ul><li>Collaborative writing </li></ul><ul><li>Peer editing </li></ul>
    10. 11. Examples of wiki initiatives <ul><li>Under Control: The Damming of the Missouri River , a district-wide inquiry-based collaborative project </li></ul><ul><li>Brown University students began a wiki that serves as a review catalogue for courses </li></ul>
    11. 12. Examples of wiki initiatives <ul><li>Penguin Book’s: A Million Penguins </li></ul><ul><li>Mark Frydenburg’s IT class collaborated with another school around the world for a project </li></ul><ul><li>Paul Schacht’s Collaborative Writing Project </li></ul>
    12. 13. Wikis as learning management systems <ul><li>Living syllabus </li></ul><ul><li>Uploading course content </li></ul><ul><li>Portal </li></ul><ul><li>Productivity tools </li></ul><ul><li>communications </li></ul>
    13. 14. Administrative uses for wikis <ul><li>Much more accessible than hard copy documents </li></ul><ul><li>Eliminate emailing documents </li></ul><ul><li>Easy-updating means users can get most up-to-date information when they need it </li></ul>
    14. 15. Administrative uses for wikis: university departments <ul><li>Post manuals, handbooks, procedures online </li></ul><ul><li>Post contact directories online </li></ul><ul><li>Centralized location for collaborative projects, reports, etc. ( example ) </li></ul><ul><li>Create a professional development/resource materials compendium </li></ul>
    15. 16. Wikis for professional development <ul><li>Departmental wikis ( example ) </li></ul><ul><li>Reflective journal </li></ul><ul><li>E-portfolios </li></ul>
    16. 17. Administrative uses for wikis: faculty <ul><li>Online lesson plans </li></ul><ul><li>Online lecture notes </li></ul><ul><li>Productivity tool </li></ul>
    17. 18. Administrative uses for wikis: students <ul><li>Lecture, reading & assignment notes </li></ul><ul><li>Resource list </li></ul><ul><li>Workspace for report and project development </li></ul>
    18. 19. Over to you… <ul><li>What other uses of wikis have you used for university courses? </li></ul><ul><li>what other benefits could wikis have? </li></ul>
    19. 20. Wiki hosts <ul><li> ( example ) </li></ul><ul><li> ( example ) </li></ul><ul><li> ( example ) </li></ul>
    20. 21. Considerations for Wiki creation & development <ul><li>Identify benefits: what need will a wiki fulfill? What problem does it solve? </li></ul><ul><li>Consider kinds of tasks </li></ul><ul><li>Map out designs </li></ul><ul><li>Decide on and assign privileges </li></ul>
    21. 22. References <ul><li>Babuata, L. (2007, July 13). 15 productive uses for a wiki. Retrieved December 22, 2007, from The Web Worker Daily Website: </li></ul><ul><li>Brisco, S. (2007). Which wiki is right for you? School Library Journal , 53(5), 78-9. </li></ul><ul><li>Engstrom, Mary E., & Jewett, Dusty (2005 Nov/Dec). Collaborative learning the wiki way. Techtrends: Linking Research & Practice to Improve Learning, v49 n6 pp12-68. Retrieved December 21, 2007, from ProQuest Research Database. </li></ul><ul><li>Frydenberg, M. (2007a, November 1). Edu case study – Pbwiki at Bentley College. Message posted to The Daily Peanut Web log at: </li></ul><ul><li>  Frydenburg, M. (2007b). WikiTour4. Digital media retrieved November 2, 2007 from: </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Galang, A. (2007). The Sound and the Wiki. PC Magazine , 26(19), 19. Retrieved from EBSCO Research Database, December 21, 2007. </li></ul><ul><li>Harding, J.R. (2007). Extending the Classroom Space: Wikis, Online Discussions, and Short Fiction. Eureka Studies in Teaching Short Fiction , 8(1), 131-138. </li></ul>
    22. 23. References <ul><li>. </li></ul>Lamb, A. & Johnson, L. (2007). An Information skills workhout. Teacher Librarian , 34 (5), 57-59, 3. Retrieved December 21, 2007, from EBCO Research Database. Lamb, B. (2004). Wide open spaces: ready or not [Electronic version]. EDUCAUSE Review, 39(5), 36-48. Mitchell, T. (2007). Using Wikisto enhance teachingand learning. Retrieved October 28, 2007, from the Teaching Wiki Web site: TeachingWiki/UsingWikistoEnhanceTeachingandLearning.html Randall, A. (2007, October 5). PBwiki – a great complement to Blackboard! Message posted to The Daily Peanut Web log at: Richardson, W. (2005). What's a wiki?A powerful collaborative tool for teaching and learning. MultiMedia & Internet@Schools, 12 (6), 17- 20. Retrieved from ProQuest database, December 21, 2007. Srikanthan, T. (2006, November 6). Students display a Wiki way with words; York classes join online bandwagon. Toronto Star , p. R1. Retrieved December 22, 2007, from the ProQuest Database.