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Uses and Potentials of Wikis in the Classroom

In June/July issue of Innovate, Pixy Ferris and Hilary Wilder “argue that wikis provide one possible tool to help bridge the gap between teachers and students. They contend that wikis draw upon the best aspects of print and secondary orality by offering a medium in which information is neither fixed in format (as it was in the print age) nor limited to locale (as it was before the print age) but still changeable to meet the needs of the community, freely accessible to remote parties, and easily archived for future use. After addressing some of the debates that have characterized the legitimacy of wikis as learning resources, Ferris and Wilder illustrate and discuss potential uses for wikis in educational settings, and they offer resources for teachers interested in using such technology in their work.

Click here to read the complete article (the site requires that you register in order to gain access to articles).

Do any of you know good case studies on how wikis are actually being used in the classroom, the current challenges they face and what can be done to overcome them?


This entry was posted on June 4, 2006 by in Instructional Technology.

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