Wikis for education
This Recent Changes Camp Canberra 2011 session was attended by nine people to discuss use of wikis for educational purposes.
Wiki for education[edit | edit source]
Jtneill asked to hear about how people use wikis with students.
Diane Phillips used wikis with students in marketing/social media:
- 2 out of 90 students objected to going public with their content (for these two they did a private journal marked by their tutor)
- 8 companies contacted about internships
- Students were very self-managing
- 3rd year UG students in Bachelor of Commerce
- Taught two courses: Writing for the Web and Electronic Records
- Had them edit Wikipedia articles because it was easier to edit existing material than create their own text due to wiki markup etc.
- Public service employees
- Edited the pages about their organisation
- What about Wikiversity for educators?
- What tools do we have for examining the process (e.g., qualitative and quantitative contributions) e.g. for assessment? We currently don't have particularly useful tools.
- Face to face editing class (despite edit conflicts) got things flowing
- This is not dissimilar to group assignments - we now have a collaboration tool, that's all.
- Groups of students creating resources on different topics.
- Make sure in tutorial environment that they understand recent changes, history etc. so they understand what's going on.
- Dedicated lecture early in semester on "how to use wiki" - emphasis on "leap in", you can't break it, have a go, then you'll learn and work it out - hit the edit button.
Kirsty - Tasmanian Polytechnic
- Building student portfolios
- Turn around time much quicker for remote students (compared to printed workbooks - send, mark, send back etc.)
- A surprise: Creation of a single community between remote and on-campus students
- Used wikispaces with subpages and a templating system - wikispaces is almost WYSIWIG but not quite. Some discussion about Mediawiki not being WYSIWIG.
Guy with a beard - Uni of SA
- Problem with adding teaching content on Wikiversity because employer wants to own content.
Oops battery ran out - went to handwritten notes.