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Pedagogy

  1. 1. A Successful Pedagogical Experiment:Using Wikis in Academic Lectures<br />Gabriela GROSSECK<br />Senior lecturer, Ph.D.<br />West University of Timisoara<br />12-13 April eLSE07<br />Bucharest<br />
  2. 2. Gabriela Grosseck, 12-13 April 2007 eLSE07 Bucharest<br />What is a wiki?<br />Wiki =quick (in Hawaiian) <br />A website in which content can be created and edited by a community of users (often without need for special privileges)<br />Software that allows people with no knowledge of HTML or other<br /> programming languages<br /> to create and/or edit a website<br />
  3. 3. Gabriela Grosseck, 12-13 April 2007 eLSE07 Bucharest<br />The largest wiki: WiKIPEDIA<br />Best example is Wikipedia<br />Wikipedia is: <br />A free encyclopedia<br />Multilingual <br />Web-based <br />Written collaboratively by volunteers<br />Most articles can be changed by anyone <br />Wikipedia has more than 3 million articles<br />
  4. 4. Gabriela Grosseck, 12-13 April 2007 eLSE07 Bucharest<br />Wiki technology<br />Wiki ≠ Wikipedia<br />Enables people to work collaboratively<br />You can learn to use a wiki in 30-60 min.<br />Many different programs to choose from<br />There are several free sources for wikis (~200)<br />
  5. 5. Gabriela Grosseck, 12-13 April 2007 eLSE07 Bucharest<br />Why wiki? / Why not wiki?<br />Easy to use<br />Web-based<br />Simple software commands<br />Anyone can make changes<br />Flexible and easy to add content to<br />Harness collective intelligence!<br />Can help develop a culture of sharing and working together (cf. open source)<br />The success of the Wikipedia may not necessarily be replicated elsewhere.<br />Vandalism and spam<br />Disorganized <br />Too open/ not enough control of content<br />There may be copyright and other legal issues regarding collaborative content<br />There is not (yet) a standard lightweight Wiki markup language<br />
  6. 6. Gabriela Grosseck, 12-13 April 2007 eLSE07 Bucharest<br />Ways to use Wiki in education<br />Students can use a wiki to develop research projects.<br />Students can add summaries of their thoughts from the prescribed readings.<br />A wiki can be used for publishing course resources like syllabi and handouts.<br />Teachers can use wikis as a knowledge base.<br />Wikis can be used to map concepts (brainstorming, linked network of resources).<br />A wiki can be used as a presentation tool in place of conventional software.<br />Wikis are tools for group authoring.<br />Victoria A. Davis, 2006<br />
  7. 7. Gabriela Grosseck, 12-13 April 2007 eLSE07 Bucharest<br />Why I wanted to use a wiki<br />Students experience a technology they probably hadn’t encountered before<br />Students learn about collaborative “sense-making”<br />Huge potential for building community <br />
  8. 8. Gabriela Grosseck, 12-13 April 2007 eLSE07 Bucharest<br />Using Wikis to Build Learning Communities<br />
  9. 9. Gabriela Grosseck, 12-13 April 2007 eLSE07 Bucharest<br />Why follow the “wiki way”?<br />achieving knowledge in efficient use of the Internet<br />developing relational and communication competences in virtual space<br />forming of specific attitudes regarding the Web 2.0 technologies (wiki, blog, RSS, social bookmarking etc.)<br />developing/improving digital competences for individuals and groups<br />the students can exercise their most important competence - the competence of creating content<br />
  10. 10. Gabriela Grosseck, 12-13 April 2007 eLSE07 Bucharest<br />Why follow the “wikispaces way”?<br />organizing, cooperating and interpersonal relation competences<br />developing formative and informative valences for the students, critical thinking and creativity<br />involving the students in taking decisions<br />participating learning and learning by discovering in on-line environment<br />building a learning community!<br />
  11. 11. Gabriela Grosseck, 12-13 April 2007 eLSE07 Bucharest<br />Lessons learned<br />Don’t be afraid to experiment!<br />Be flexible!<br />Get feedback from users!<br />Don’t get frustrated!<br />Learn how to use this powerful content management!!<br />
  12. 12. Q&A Thank you !<br />Gabriela GROSSECK<br />West University of Timisoara<br />Faculty of Sociology and Psychology<br />Department of Foreign Languages<br />and Social Informatics<br />4 Bd. V. Parvan, office 029<br />300223 Timisoara, Romania<br />phone: 0040-256-592.266<br />fax: 0040-256-592.320<br />email: ggrosseck@socio.uvt.ro<br />blog: http://grosseck.blogspot.com<br />

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