Collaborative Learning The Wiki Way

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Collaborative Learning The Wiki Way

  1. 1. LET’S DO IT THE WIKI WAY! SUSAN DREGER
  2. 2. WHAT IS A WIKI? <ul><li>Wiki wiki means &quot;quick&quot; in Hawaiian. The first wiki was created by Ward Cunningham in 1995. </li></ul><ul><li>A ‘wiki’ is a website where users can add, remove, and edit every page using a web browser. It's so easy for people to jump in and revise pages that wikis are becoming known as the tool of choice for either small or large, multiple-participant projects. </li></ul><ul><li>A wiki allows a group of people to collaboratively develop a website with no knowledge of HTML. </li></ul>
  3. 3. ADVANTAGES OF INTRODUCING A WIKI <ul><li>Easier Communication Within Groups </li></ul><ul><li>Better Sharing Of Knowledge </li></ul><ul><li>Easier Assessment Of Student Contribution </li></ul><ul><li>Greater Student Responsibility </li></ul><ul><li>Motivating </li></ul><ul><li>Dynamic </li></ul><ul><li>Flexible </li></ul>
  4. 4. DIFFERENCES BETWEEN BLOGS AND WIKIS <ul><li>BLOGS </li></ul><ul><li>WIKIS </li></ul><ul><li>Usually single author </li></ul><ul><li>Reverse chronological structure </li></ul><ul><li>Personal voice </li></ul><ul><li>External links only </li></ul><ul><li>Author’s responsible for content </li></ul><ul><li>No modifications in posts </li></ul><ul><li>Vertical structure </li></ul><ul><li>Usually many authors </li></ul><ul><li>Structure determined by content and users </li></ul><ul><li>Collective voice </li></ul><ul><li>Internal and external links </li></ul><ul><li>Co-responsibility of content </li></ul><ul><li>Constant editing </li></ul><ul><li>Horizontal structure </li></ul>
  5. 5. Factors T hat E nhance C ollaboration
  6. 6. <ul><li>VISIBILITY OF EVERYONE’S WORK </li></ul><ul><ul><li>comparing one’s own work with the work of others </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>learning from better groups </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>getting new ideas </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>learning from the mistakes of others </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>more motivating </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>THE TEACHER’S PROMPT RESPONSE AND FEEDBACK </li></ul><ul><ul><li>more interaction </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>regular feedback </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>more courage to ask for help </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>ACCESSIBILITY OF MATERIALS </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Easy access to materials through links </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Material organised according to needs and interests </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Internal search to help locate materials </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>USER FRIENDLINESS </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Easy editing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Better forming of a group identity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Possibility to add many dynamic features without technological knowledge </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Recommendations for improving collaboration in the wiki <ul><li>Select user-friendly wiki software </li></ul><ul><li>Organise the wiki clearly and logically </li></ul><ul><li>Provide all the necessary resources </li></ul><ul><li>Make students aware that their contributions are being assessed or ‘observed’. </li></ul><ul><li>Build a positive relationship with the students </li></ul><ul><li>Encourage that they ask for help </li></ul><ul><li>Make all the groups ’ work visible and easily accessible </li></ul><ul><li>Offer prompt feedback </li></ul><ul><li>Praise your students’ contributions </li></ul>
  11. 11. <ul><li>FEATURES TO LOOK OUT FOR IN WIKIS </li></ul><ul><li>Collaborative Page Editing </li></ul><ul><li>Document management & file sharing </li></ul><ul><li>Complete history and audit trail </li></ul><ul><li>Easily invite others to collaborate </li></ul><ul><li>Notifications by RSS and email </li></ul><ul><li>Access Controls </li></ul><ul><li>Tags and Folders </li></ul><ul><li>Automatic Backups </li></ul><ul><li>Storage Space </li></ul><ul><li>Customizable Templates </li></ul><ul><li>Possibility for ad-free site </li></ul>
  12. 12. SUGGESTIONS FOR CHOOSING YOUR WIKI SITE <ul><li>WETPAINT.COM </li></ul><ul><li>PB WIKI.COM </li></ul><ul><li>WIKISPACES.COM </li></ul>

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