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Seamless Integration of Wikis into the Learning Environment: Part 2 of 12

Wiki Authorship

types of wiki authorship


The following are a few ideas on how different types of Wiki authorship can be utilized. You can also click on the image to the right to see a visual representation of authoring types.

Faculty Authored

  • Authoring and maintaining a set of course support materials with a team of faculty (curriculum, text books, exam papers etc) Use of a wiki allows materials to be refined over time rather than rewritten each time a new faculty member delivers the course.
  • Creating and maintaining course reference lists.

Student Authored

  • Group assignments – page revision history allows instructors to monitor contributions and observe development of the assignment and individual contributions. This can be done throughout the writing process so issues can be spotted and feedback given before the submission of the assignment (e.g. a non-participating student can be contacted, a lack references to evidence addressed, an error in direction corrected).
  • Group debates – opposing positions argued and evidence presented.
  • Peer self-help pages – student directed wiki dedicated to students helping other students with the problems they identify themselves.
  • Student feedback to faculty – a wiki enables feedback to be controlled and owned by the students as opposed to the hidden and directed feedback gathered via questionnaire (Lamb 2004).
  • Study guides – students can create collaborative study guides in preparation for exams.
  • Subject glossary – individuals/groups of students assigned responsibility for creating definitions for identified terms to build an extending subject glossary overtime. Wiki functionality means this glossary can be subject to continual peer review.
  • Peer review of assignments during their creation – students assigned to guide other students during the process of creating their individual assignments. Marks can then be assigned for the contributions they make to their peers, recorded within the assignment wiki page revision history.
  • Individual portfolios – the flexible nature of wiki's allows an individual to be very creative in their personal portfolio creation and also allows very flexible portfolio mentoring.

Faculty and Student Authored

  • Marking schemes for assignments – ideal for allowing students to really become involved in defining the marking scheme by which their assignments/papers will be assessed.
  • Subject glossaries – faculty can identify terms for inclusion and also peer review additions.
  • Frequently asked questions – students/faculty can pose questions and appropriate faculty (or students) can answer these questions.
  • Building case studies, field reports etc.
  • Reporting research findings – students and faculty can use the tool to post research notes and resources.

Next week – Creating a Wiki in Blackboard

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This entry was posted on March 10, 2008 by in Blackboard 8, Instructional Technology.

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