Wikis Mq


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A presentation (mostly generic) about the issues and opportunities in using Wiki's as collaborative production in higher education. Serves to provide a balanced view, and explain some of the challenges as well as opportunity to newcomers

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Wikis Mq

  1. 1. HTTP://WWW.YOUTUBE.COM/WATCH?V=N52OICWYNWS Wikis@Macquarie Learning and Teaching Centre
  2. 2. HTTP://WWW.YOUTUBE.COM/WATCH?V=N52OICWYNWS Wikis@Macquarie Learning and Teaching Centre
  3. 3. Why are we supporting and using Wikis@MQ. Take advantage of ‘the human network’ One common, evaluated platform and process Development of 21st Century digital literacies Quality Assurance and support at enterprise level Social Media is important to learning & teaching
  4. 4. Why support them Ensure Read/Write technology is persistent and available to all staff at the enterprise level Allows greater ‘just in time’ development Inter-operability between processes and platforms Responding to our staff being increasingly involved in collaborative projects, often over distance - using ‘secret’ solutions
  5. 5. The role of Wikis@MQ As way to make communicate easier between staff working on group negotiated projects To develop Professional Learning Communities (PLC) within the University and beyond To get mass-consensus viewpoints and a timeline of conversation and discussion. Use of a highly adaptive, easily adopted toolset using existing skills.
  6. 6. Consensus, not encyclopedia. We have diverse stakeholders and priorities. Allows asynchronous collection of views and opinions - expected and unexpected. Knowledge is socially constructed Not all information is ‘terminated’ – much of today’s important information is time and date relative and must reflect evolving policy, trends, technologies and priorities
  7. 7. Community needs Must have a common interest or problem to solve Must have people willing to participate Must have a way to communicate The easier it is to communicate, the greater the participation is between people.
  8. 8. Wiki characteristics Pages viewable though an internet browser A way of discussing those pages to review and propose later improvements Simple toolset: create, edit and save information All pages have a history and can be rolled back or editions compared Hyper-dynamic – and use links to connect ideas
  9. 9. Consequences happen Allowing people to share and communicate openly and online comes with its pros and cons Leaders/managers need to be prepared. It can allow new ideas and lead to innovation It will surface diverse views, dissent & challenges also, challenge people in power. Many organisations struggle with the latter and have decided to overtly 'suppress' and/or 'manage' these diverse views, have failed to implement Web2.0 initiatives well.
  10. 10. Here comes everyone! Opens up Engagement communications Dialogue promotes new ways of working: Clarification New ideas / input Deeper understanding Praise / Support New learning Innovation Multiple perspectives
  11. 11. New challenges Open and transparent communication culture means being prepared for new challenges Some of the key words to describe those challenges include: • Diversity • Challenge • Dissent • Sub-groups • Surprise • Uncertainty • Emergence • Unable to plan too much• Less control
  12. 12. Usual Push Backs Some members of staff are not willing to share their views publicly Some will never have published anything to public or space, let alone participate in social media Most people have used the internet ‘passively’ to get information and uncomfortable creating it Change to culture; often manifests as though claims of not being able to ‘use’ the toolset – provide support and training opportunities
  13. 13. Wikinomics “Build consensus – If only a few people are on‐ board with the idea, it won’t work. But consensus  doesn’t mean taking something from everyone  and sticking it onto the original idea until what  you have is the worst of committee­based  decisions. It means listening for the truths in what  other people are telling you and being willing to  make substantive change when it makes sense.” CHRIS LEHMANN, SCIENCE ACADEMY, PHIL.
  14. 14. Why a Policy Wiki Asynchronous discussion Mass distribution of information Ability to ‘watch’ limited discussions Compare & Discuss changes to ideas/info Be notified by email Create and publish information directly Policy is evolving, not static Implementation & Training is available now