What wikis can contribute to collaborative projects
Making group assessment transparent:what wikis can contribute to collaborative projects Mike Bogle, Educational Technologist
Session OverviewThis session is broken into four parts:3. Examine the learning and teaching issue;4. Discuss the assessment model;5. Present the wiki framework;6. Touch on the outcomes and feedback.…or basically, the What, Why, How and What Happened.
ARTS1091: Media, Society, PoliticsCourse Details:•Core foundational course for undergraduates•12-week course; Semester 2, 2010•Course convener: Dr. Helen Caple•500 Students
There are many reasons for group work… James, McInnes, and Devlin (2002, 48) cite three positive reasons: •Motivating experience, providing students with an opportunity to refine their understanding of the discipline; •Generic skills (analytical, cognitive, collaborative) developed through teamwork are highly valued by employers; •For lecturers teaching large enrolment undergraduate courses, group assessments may be more time-efficient.Source: James, R., C. McInnes, and M. Devlin. 2002. Assessing learning in Australian Universities: Ideas, strategies and resources for quality in student assessment. Centre for the Study of Higher Education: University of Melbourne.
…and yet students frequently hate it. Why?Issues of Time•Group commitments can conflict with work & social factors;Issues of Fairness•Concerns with how the project is assessed;•Are freeloaders penalised, or given the same mark as others?•What about people who do far more?
So the learning & teaching challenge became……to identify a way of addressing the Issues of Time and Fairness while preserving the positive reasons for using group work.
The Assessment Task• Students were divided into small groups during their tutorials;• Research media ownership and regulation in a particular country;• Collate the research in a country page in the course wiki.
The Marking ModelGroup mark: Each country page was assessed in terms of its content,accuracy and presentation, and scholarly research.Individual mark: Each group member then received a second markbased on their personal contributions.Thus, both product and collaborative process were assessed.…useful idea, but how do you capture the participation?
Enter the wiki• Wiki’s are collaborative websites containing user-generated articles;• Edit view frequently resembles Microsoft Word;• Tracks every change to every page for the lifetime of the site;• Identifies who made the change, when, and what they did;• Inbuilt version control and content recovery…wikis document elements that are invisible in offline group work.
They also track who made the changes, where & when
Student Feedback• Ability to work online eased time constraints; provided flexibility;• Enjoyed seeing other group’s projects develop;• Page histories inspired greater sense of fairness
Technical Issues• Manual enrollment process delayed access for some students;• A few instances of overwritten content; resolved using page revert;• Pasting pre-prepared content from Word led to significant formatting issues, requiring staff intervention to fix;