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    1. 1. WIKIS IN EDUCATION IN ACE: Lynne Gibb Coonara Community House
    2. 2. TODAY’S TOPIC <ul><li>A quick history of wikis at Coonara </li></ul><ul><li>Embedding and what that means at Coonara </li></ul><ul><li>Comparing 3 blended delivery models using wikis </li></ul><ul><li>Looking at a completely online unit using a wiki as a mini LMS </li></ul><ul><li>Some hints for using wikis </li></ul><ul><li>Exploring some Coonara wikis </li></ul>
    4. 4. HOW DID WE GET HERE? <ul><li>2005-2007 Learnscope, Reframing the Future and New Practices </li></ul><ul><li>2006 – ACE learning Circles Project Out of the Swamp: An introduction to new technology to tutors at Coonara Community House </li></ul>
    5. 5. <ul><li>Early 2007 – set up first wiki for Diploma of Community Work – Initially much resistance - After 6 months students totally changed opinions </li></ul><ul><li>Mid 2007 – set up Cert 2 and 3 Community Work wiki to trial blended learning for an Accessace project. </li></ul><ul><li>October 2007 – joined the Wikispaces Private Label wiki option which allowed us access to unlimited numbers of wikis </li></ul>“ I think that they are very useful and it is growing on me. I used to hate it with a vengeance, but now I think I was just being lazy. It is cutting edge technology.”
    6. 6. <ul><li>Early 2008 – first totally online unit using a wiki as a mini LMS for Diploma of Children’s Services. </li></ul>
    7. 7. <ul><li>Set up a wiki to resource Certificate 111 in Children’s Services and revamped the Cert2 and 3 Community work wiki for a new set of students. </li></ul>
    8. 8. <ul><li>Early 2008 – Set up wiki to trial mapping volunteer skills to accredited courses group. Experimented with using wikis for student eportfolios </li></ul>
    10. 10. <ul><li>Mid 2008 – set up a support wiki for Certificate 2 Infotech and Certificate 2 Multimedia classes </li></ul>
    11. 11. <ul><li>Mid 2008 – set up a wiki for Certificate 3 Aged Care </li></ul>
    12. 12. EMBEDDING – MAKING WIKIS AN INTEGRAL PART OF EVERY ACCREDITED COURSE <ul><li>Built in – not bolted on </li></ul><ul><li>At least two Pre-course technology workshops F2F – every student </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Technology skills audit </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Introduction to wikis </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sign up to course wiki </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sign up to own totally private wiki – organizer rights </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Given time to play and experiment - games </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Communicate with each other via discussion board & messages whilst still in F2F class </li></ul></ul>
    13. 13. <ul><li>During the first 2 weeks - from home: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Each student contacted via the wiki at least once during each week – encouragement given for any attempts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Message Board Games </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul>
    14. 14. WHY GAMES? <ul><li>Builds confidence in using technology </li></ul><ul><li>Builds confidence in seeing themselves in print </li></ul><ul><li>Helps alleviate fear of being online </li></ul><ul><li>Is a fun way to get to know each other </li></ul>Example of two simple message board games:
    15. 15. TRIALLING BLENDED MODELS <ul><li>Models grew out of experimentation by two tutors – Lynne Gibb and Sally Dusting-Laird </li></ul><ul><li>3 blended models </li></ul><ul><li>One online model </li></ul><ul><li>Model chosen depends on technology skill level and confidence of tutor and needs of student cohort (and a bit of luck and experimentation!) </li></ul>
    16. 16. MODEL 1 - HOW WAS IT RUN? <ul><li>Students introduced to wikis in a F2F class but not in the computerlab – via datashow. Joined to the wiki individually in this class </li></ul><ul><li>Trial using the discussion board with games etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Result – slow to start then students became enthusiastic </li></ul><ul><li>At first the wiki was an adjunct to classroom </li></ul><ul><li>When tasks began appearing on the wiki which were not given in class students had to get online to be able to access them. </li></ul><ul><li>Keeping in touch </li></ul><ul><li>Access resources </li></ul><ul><li>Voice technology (uploaded to wiki) </li></ul>
    17. 17. WHAT’S ON THE WIKI (BLENDED MODEL 1) <ul><li>Resources </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Unit Outline/Assessments </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Copies of overheads/notes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Timetable </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Chat Room </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>(Not used) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Powerpoints </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Slide shows </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Audio files </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Videos </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Discussion forum </li></ul>
    18. 18. MODEL 2 - HOW WAS IT RUN <ul><li>(Low level tech skills) All students introduced to wiki at 2 hands–on f2f sessions in computerlab </li></ul><ul><li>Wikiquiz </li></ul><ul><li>Emphasis on games – confidence-building </li></ul><ul><li>Each student joined up to a personal private wiki for their own use </li></ul><ul><li>The last half hour of every F2F class is held in the computerlab where students use their own wiki to reflect back on the class they had just had </li></ul><ul><li>Sense of community – chat room ( </li></ul><ul><li>Mid-week tasks and pre-class questions </li></ul>
    20. 20. STUDENT FEEDBACK (MODEL 2) <ul><li>“ I found today's class most informative. I particularly enjoyed the interactive learning session. Love the blended learning. It makes learning interesting and creative.” Anastasia </li></ul><ul><li>I find it allows the student a lot of self learning- Both classroom & e learning have their place- The way of the future!” Sara </li></ul><ul><li>“ All being very new to me I am finding I love it. Over the holidays I started off playing around with it every day just 10-20 min so I got really comfortable with it. My husband now calls me a computer nerd! I even moved from this web site and set up my medicare on line to find out where my childrens immunisation records are. If I can use this Wiki to save my work and do assignments I feel I will finally know more about computers than my children. ” Sylvia </li></ul>
    21. 21. <ul><li>18 July </li></ul><ul><li>“ I feel a bit overwhelmed and very much lost. I am out of my comfort zone.” 25 July “Blended learning is a quick way of learning computer skills plus the unit at the same.” 1 Aug “Today I can honestly say I enjoyed myself .The wiki space is a fantastic idea I have been using the information and even printing out for reference. I don't think I really realized how much I had learnt until I looked back on my skills when I first started. I feel proud of myself and thanks Sally for teaching them to me.” </li></ul><ul><li>Marina </li></ul>
    22. 22. TUTOR FEEDBACK - MODEL 2 July 24, 2008 I was absolutely thrilled with the way the class went today..the feedback above reflects exactly the way the students felt about our new blended learning style. I really felt they learned a lot quicker..starting in the classroom and then moving to the computer lab where their learning was reinforced by the e-learning wiki. Having the interactive activities really helped and they enjoyed the interaction with the characters. I'm really happy with the way I set up the site and it is still evolving but the template is easy to understand.
    23. 23. MODEL 3 <ul><li>Wiki setup similar to model 2 </li></ul><ul><li>+ Windows Live Messenger with several classes being run completely online from home using the chat facility </li></ul><ul><li>Gabbley Chat ( ) </li></ul><ul><li>Students have moderate to high level computer skills – picked up how to use the wiki quite quickly – some initial problems with one or two students having trouble with WLM – buddies </li></ul><ul><li>Team projects – action learning </li></ul>
    24. 24. MODEL 3 - WIKI
    25. 25. DIFFERENCES BETWEEN MODELS 1,2 & 3 <ul><li>Model one – students not introduced to wikis in the computerlab – therefore it took longer for them to become adjusted to using it. No live chat sessions but the Discussion forum became very important </li></ul><ul><li>Model 2 – Students introduced to wikis in computerlab. Students had hands-on sessions on a computer every class. This meant they became familiar with the wiki and its uses very quickly and gained confidence. Some live chat between students </li></ul><ul><li>Model 3 – Students introduced to wikis in computerlab. Some follow up sessions in computerlab during a normal face to face session. The addition of replacing and/or augmenting f2f sessions with online chat sessions in WLMessenger </li></ul>
    26. 26. USING A WIKI FOR ONLINE UNITS <ul><ul><li>Files/Images/Links/Powerpoints/Slide shows/Videos/Audio </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Communication </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Discussion forum – increasingly important as a means of communication </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Weekly newsletter </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Live Classroom & Windows Live Messenger </li></ul></ul></ul>
    27. 27. SETTING UP THE COMMUNITY <ul><li>Community page with links to students own wiki </li></ul><ul><li>Creating a sense of community is crucial </li></ul>
    28. 28. COMMUNITY CAFE
    29. 29. WHERE TO NOW? <ul><li>Currently developing wikis for an elearning project using blended and online options </li></ul><ul><li>Venturing into Customising Toolboxes </li></ul><ul><li>Using Flexiblelearning gallery of objects to prepare elearning tools </li></ul><ul><li>Now have a template to use for all our wikis based on the model developed for the Diploma of Children’s Services </li></ul><ul><li>Cut and paste – cuts down on tutor preparation time </li></ul><ul><li>Just simply having fun learning new ways to change the look and feel of wikis to match the feel of the class </li></ul>
    30. 30. <ul><li>By end of 2008 – will have set up a support wiki for every accredited course run at Coonara and offering several fully online units. </li></ul><ul><li>2009 – Coonara will be offering a blend of f2f, blended, distance & fully online options using wikis </li></ul>
    31. 31. SOME BASIC WIKI TIPS <ul><li>Use the wikispaces Help section </li></ul><ul><li>If you are really stuck, email wikispaces – quick response </li></ul><ul><li>Wikispaces online forum - /message/list/home </li></ul><ul><li>Use my basic wikitips wiki – www. </li></ul><ul><li>Keep a copy of each student’s username and password – someone always forgets! </li></ul><ul><li>Ensure students use the same U/N & password for each wiki </li></ul><ul><li>Respond quickly & encourage each effort to contribute to the wiki </li></ul><ul><li>Now for a quick look at some Coonara wikis then Josie will show you how you can access a wiki for your own classes </li></ul>