Measuring collaboration in educational wikis - a methodological discussion

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Measuring collaboration in educational wikis - a methodological discussion
Authors: Hagit Meishar-Tal, Edna Tal-Elhasid [edit item]
Citation: International Journal of Emerging Technologies in Learning  : 46-9. 2008.
Publication type: Journal article
Peer-reviewed: Yes
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DOI: 10.3991/ijet.v3i1.750.
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Measuring collaboration in educational wikis - a methodological discussion is a publication by Hagit Meishar-Tal, Edna Tal-Elhasid.


[edit] Abstract

Measuring the collaboration in collaborative learning scenarios is important for assessment and research purposes. This paper describes the methodology developed in the Open University of Israel {(OUI)} to measure collaboration among students in wikis. It opens with an overview of the methods used to measure collaboration in Wikipedia, proceeds with explaining why these methods are not suitable enough for measuring collaboration in an educational wiki setting, and concludes by presenting a new method for measuring collaboration in educational wikis.

[edit] Research questions

"This paper describes the methodology developed in the Open University of Israel (OUI) to measure collaboration among students in wikis. It opens with an overview of the methods used to measure collaboration in Wikipedia, proceeds with explaining why these methods are not suitable enough for measuring collaboration in an educational wiki setting, and concludes by presenting a new method for measuring collaboration in educational wikis."

Research details

Topics: Other collaboration topics [edit item]
Domains: Education [edit item]
Theory type: Design and action [edit item]
Wikipedia coverage: Case [edit item]
Theories: "“The topic-attention quality model” developed by [10]

is a tool to measure the quality of an article by calculating the number of authors, the number of edits (versions) and the number of views per article. This research was conducted on the German Wikipedia and its findings indicate that “the number of editors” variable has the most dominant impact on the quality of the article. This outcome supports [11] theory about the wisdom of crowds.

[10] Brändle A, 2005. Too Many Cooks Don't Spoil the Broth, In Proceedings of the Wikimania’05 (Frankfurt am Main, Germany, August 4-7, 2005)." [edit item]

Research design: Mathematical modeling, Statistical analysis [edit item]
Data source: Wikipedia pages [edit item]
Collected data time dimension: Longitudinal [edit item]
Unit of analysis: Edit, User [edit item]
Wikipedia data extraction: Live Wikipedia [edit item]
Wikipedia page type: History, Collaboration and coordination [edit item]
Wikipedia language: N/A [edit item]

[edit] Conclusion

"Measuring collaboration in educational wikis is different from measuring collaboration in public open wikis like Wikipedia. Measuring collaboration by counting the number of editors per page is not enough in the educational setting. It could indicate the degree of participation in the assignment but would not reflect the intensity of collaboration among the group members. In order to be more accurate in the measurement of collaboration of the group work, and in order to be able to compare groups and to rank them by the intensity of collaboration they have produced, it is better to measure the degree of intensity of collaboration among the members alongside the number of editors per page."

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AbstractMeasuring the collaboration in collaboratiMeasuring the collaboration in collaborative learning scenarios is important for assessment and research purposes. This paper describes the methodology developed in the Open University of Israel {(OUI)} to measure collaboration among students in wikis. It opens with an overview of the methods used to measure collaboration in Wikipedia, proceeds with explaining why these methods are not suitable enough for measuring collaboration in an educational wiki setting, and concludes by presenting a new method for measuring collaboration in educational wikis.suring collaboration in educational wikis.
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Collected data time dimensionLongitudinal +
ConclusionMeasuring collaboration in educational wikMeasuring collaboration in educational wikis is

different from measuring collaboration in public open wikis like Wikipedia. Measuring collaboration by counting the number of editors per page is not enough in the educational setting. It could indicate the degree of participation in the assignment but would not reflect the intensity of collaboration among the group members. In order to be more accurate in the measurement of collaboration of the group work, and in order to be able to compare groups and to rank them by the intensity of collaboration they have produced, it is better to measure the degree of intensity of collaboration among the

members alongside the number of editors per page.
alongside the number of editors per page.
Data sourceWikipedia pages +
Doi10.3991/ijet.v3i1.750 +
Google scholar urlhttp://scholar.google.com/scholar?ie=UTF-8&q=%22Measuring%2Bcollaboration%2Bin%2Beducational%2Bwikis%2B-%2Ba%2Bmethodological%2Bdiscussion%22 +
Has authorHagit Meishar-Tal + and Edna Tal-Elhasid +
Has domainEducation +
Has topicOther collaboration topics +
Pages46-9 +
Peer reviewedYes +
Publication typeJournal article +
Published inInternational Journal of Emerging Technologies in Learning +
Research designMathematical modeling + and Statistical analysis +
Research questionsThis paper describes the methodology develThis paper describes the methodology developed

in the Open University of Israel (OUI) to measure collaboration among students in wikis. It opens with an overview of the methods used to measure collaboration in Wikipedia, proceeds with explaining why these methods are not suitable enough for measuring collaboration in an educational wiki setting, and concludes by presenting a new

method for measuring collaboration in educational wikis.
suring collaboration in educational wikis.
Revid10,867 +
Theories“The topic-attention quality model” develo“The topic-attention quality model” developed by [10]

is a tool to measure the quality of an article by calculating the number of authors, the number of edits (versions) and the number of views per article. This research was conducted on the German Wikipedia and its findings indicate that “the number of editors” variable has the most dominant impact on the quality of the article. This outcome supports [11] theory about the wisdom of crowds.

[10] Brändle A, 2005. Too Many Cooks Don't Spoil the Broth, In Proceedings of the Wikimania’05 (Frankfurt am Main, Germany, August 4-7, 2005).
kfurt am Main, Germany, August 4-7, 2005).
Theory typeDesign and action +
TitleMeasuring collaboration in educational wikis - a methodological discussion
Unit of analysisEdit + and User +
Urlhttp://dx.doi.org/10.3991/ijet.v3i1.750 +
Wikipedia coverageCase +
Wikipedia data extractionLive Wikipedia +
Wikipedia languageN/A +
Wikipedia page typeHistory + and Collaboration and coordination +
Year2008 +