Academic purpose of wiki for teaching

Wikis are Web pages that can be viewed and modified by anyone with a Web browser and Internet access. Described as a composition system, a discussion medium, and a repository, wikis support asynchronous communication and group collaboration online. Their inherent simplicity gives students direct access to their content, which is crucial in group editing or other collaborative activities. Their versioning capability allows them to illustrate the evolution of thought processes as students interact with a site and its contents. Wikis are also being used as e-portfolios, highlighting their utility as a tool for collection and reflection. They may be the easiest, most effective Web-based collaboration tool in any instructional portfolio." Educause, July 2005

Wikis are 'social software' because they allow users to develop content allow information sharing and collaboration and offers a variety of cognitive reflection and other relevant tools that allow the construction of meaning through contributing to content design of group and individual work and knowledge databases (Jonassen, Peck, & Wilson, 1999). Wiki has the potential to complement, enhance, and add new collaborative dimensions to the classroom and actively involve learners in their own construction of knowledge (Boulos, Maramba, & Wheeler, 2006). They are characterized by ease of use and Duffy and Bruns (2006) list several possible educational uses of wikis:

1. Students can use a wiki to develop research projects, with the wiki and allowing collaboration and comments as ongoing developments of their work.
2. Students can add summaries of their thoughts from the prescribed readings, building a collaborative annotated bibliography on a wiki.
3. A wiki can be used for publishing course resources like syllabi and handouts, and students can edit and comment on these directly for all to see.
4. Teachers can use wikis as a knowledge base, enabling them to share reflections and thoughts regarding teaching practices, and allowing for versioning and documentation. Authoring and maintaining a set of course support materials with a team of academics (curriculum, text books, exam papers etc) Use of a wiki allows materials to be refined over time. (Lamb 2004, Mader 2006, Gibson 2006).
5. Wikis can be used to map concepts. They are useful for brainstorming, and editing a given wiki topic can produce a linked network of resources.
6. A wiki can be used as a presentation tool in place of conventional software, and students are able to directly comment on and revise the presentation content of Wikis are tools for group authoring. Often group members collaborate on a document by emailing to each member of the group a file that each person edits on their computer, and some attempt is then made to coordinate the edits so that everyone’s work is equally represented; using a wiki pulls the group members together and enables them to build and edit the document on a single, central wiki page. Group assignments - page revision history allows the tutor 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
7. Writing publishing and Building and amending case studies, field reports etc.

Use of wikis for teaching and learning within the University.

Module or programme involved
use of wikis
MUP0069 IFP0308 ICT for Academic Study
media wiki
Students post their 10 identifiers to their wiki user pages. Post/amend as a class the course wiki page with examples of good websites – tutor to update while students access and complete posts to a wiki page of own on reliable and unreliable sources construction of class group project wiki page on misinformation
Submit data sources and wiki site for assessment in your learning journal. Reflect on the internet as an information source
BMS1515, Human Sciences
wikispaces using media wiki
small groups of students work on seminar topics that are released each week.

BMS3213, Cellular Pathology (Biomedical Science students)

BMS3313, Haematology & Transfusion Science (also BMS students)
wikispaces using media wiki
groups to compile an online - summative - presentation on a specific topic They also write a couple of exam questions & model answers themselves for each topic
an online - summative - presentation
IWBL Leaders and UG BAP programme
InTouch, the site is provided by Emerald Publishing
Professional Practice Community Blogs and Wikis. The idea is to build an academic community of learners, teachers and support staff.

MKT 4007 Contemporary Issues in Integrated Marketing Communications
wikispaces using media wiki
contribute to a group project (a wiki related to IMC). Potential contribution topics are given every week, however, there are no specific deadlines associated to the contribution tasks, and are encouraged to contribute regularly to the module’s wiki.
record all contributions for portfolio as evidence
CMT1300 - Discovering Interaction Design
media wiki
contribute to a group project on Interaction Design
group project

Wiki research plan