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Wikis and Wikipedia as a teaching tool
Abstract Wikis are a very versatile and easy-to-useWikis are a very versatile and easy-to-use tool that is finding increasing applications in teaching and learning. This paper will illustrate how teaching academics can join the wiki revolution. First. it will introduce the common wikis and then focus on Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, which has become one of the most popular Internet sites and offers unique opportunities for teachers and learners. It will describe how wikis and Wikipedia are used as a teaching tool and how to develop them further. Wikipedia can be used for various assignments: for example, students can be asked to reference an unreferenced article or create a completely new one. In doing so, students will see that writing an article is not a 'tedious assignment' but an activity that millions do 'for fun'. By submitting their work to Wikipedia students will see their work benefiting - and being improved upon - by the entire world.being improved upon - by the entire world.
Added by wikilit team Added on initial load  +
Collected data time dimension Cross-sectional  +
Comments "Wikipedia offer[s] an intriguing way for "Wikipedia offer[s] an intriguing way for students can collaborate on real assignments in cyberspace. The opportunities offered by Wikipedia seem especially valuable as they merge some proposals from the radical pedagogy and use of computers in social science education paradigms under the service learning approach. "gms under the service learning approach. "
Conclusion Wikis are free, reliable and user-friendlyWikis are free, reliable and user-friendly. However, they are not yet widely implemented in the education arena. Projects underway at the Case Western Reserve, South Florida, Penn State, Queensland, Chapel Hill and other universities offer specific examples on how teachers, academics and even students themselves are increasingly employing wikis in the field of social sciences to enhance both the process of teaching and learning. Although much technology needs yet to be developed before the concept of virtual universities becomes truly functional, wikis and Wikipedia offer an intriguing way for students can collaborate on real assignments in cyberspace. The opportunities offered by Wikipedia seem especially valuable as they merge some proposals from the radical pedagogy and use of computers in social science education paradigms under the service learning approach. Wikipedia is a tool that further “move[s] the discipline into a realm of collaborative learning”.(Brooks 1997) It allows us not only to enhance our portfolio of teaching strategies, but to transform routine class activities into something that can instill in our students the values of lifelong learning and scientific ethos, simultaneously contributing to the wider community.ously contributing to the wider community.
Data source Wikipedia pages  +
Google scholar url http://scholar.google.com/scholar?ie=UTF-8&q=%22Wikis%2Band%2BWikipedia%2Bas%2Ba%2Bteaching%2Btool%22  +
Has author Piotr Konieczny +
Has domain Education +
Has topic Student contribution +
Issue 1  +
Month January  +
Peer reviewed Yes  +
Publication type Journal article  +
Published in International Journal of Instructional Technology and Distance Learning +
Research design Statistical analysis  +
Research questions The goal of this paper is to illustrate hoThe goal of this paper is to illustrate how academia can join the wiki revolution and enhance its courses beginning with a discussion of the common wikis and then focus on Wikipedia., which offers some unique opportunities for teachers. In each of these two sections a description of how it is being used as a teaching tool will be followed by suggestion of ways to further develop and apply wikis to teaching in higher education.ply wikis to teaching in higher education.
Revid 11,105  +
Theories Undetermined
Theory type Explanation  +
Title Wikis and Wikipedia as a teaching tool
Unit of analysis Website  +
Url http://itdl.org/Journal/Jan_07/article02.htm  +
Volume 4  +
Wikipedia coverage Case  +
Wikipedia data extraction Live Wikipedia  +
Wikipedia language Not specified  +
Wikipedia page type Article  + , Article:talk  + , Information categorization and navigation  +
Year 2007  +
Creation dateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 15 March 2012 20:36:44  +
Categories Student contribution  + , Education  + , Publications  +
Modification dateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 30 January 2014 20:33:06  +
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