Wiki tools in the preparation and support of e-learning courses

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Wiki tools in the preparation and support of e-learning courses
Authors: Antonin Jancarik, Katerina Jancarikova [edit item]
Citation: Electronic Journal of e-Learning 8 (2): 123-32. 2010.
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Wiki tools in the preparation and support of e-learning courses is a publication by Antonin Jancarik, Katerina Jancarikova.

[edit] Abstract

Wiki tools, which became known mainly thanks to the Wikipedia encyclopedia, represent quite a new phenomenon on the Internet. The work presented here deals with three areas connected to a possible use of wiki tools for the preparation of an e-learning course. To what extent does contain terms necessary for scientific lectures at the university level and to what extent are they localised into other languages? The second area covers the use of Wikipedia as a knowledge base for e-learning study materials. Our experience with Enviwiki which originated within the {E-V} Learn project and its use in e-learning courses is presented. The third area aims at the use of wiki tools for building a knowledge base and sharing experience of the participants of an e-learning course.

[edit] Research questions

"Are Wikipedia entries a sufficiently scientifically erudite source for preparation of Czech pre-service teachers of mathematics and biology? The research also tried to address the following three subquestions: In what extent are scientific entries from mathematics and biology localized into national languages? Does Wikipedia provide enough references to supplementary study texts? What other potential do wiki tools have in teaching (chapter 5)?"

Research details

Topics: Comprehensiveness, Cultural and linguistic effects on participation, Domain-specific student readership [edit item]
Domains: Education [edit item]
Theory type: Analysis [edit item]
Wikipedia coverage: Main topic [edit item]
Theories: "Undetermined" [edit item]
Research design: Statistical analysis [edit item]
Data source: Wikipedia pages [edit item]
Collected data time dimension: Cross-sectional [edit item]
Unit of analysis: Website [edit item]
Wikipedia data extraction: Live Wikipedia [edit item]
Wikipedia page type: Article [edit item]
Wikipedia language: Czech, English [edit item]

[edit] Conclusion

"The comparison of the Czech and English versions of Wikipedia validates the hypothesis that the English version is much wider (it consists of more entries) and at the same time its entries are treated in much more detail (the entries are longer, with more hypertext links, pictures, graphs and photographs, and they also cite more references). The research, which explored localization of scientific topics, showed that scientific topics are translated much more often than other topics. Despite this positive trend, the research also showed that the entries are treated in much fewer details. Also the level of localization is different in different scientific fields and disciplines. The advantage of localized entries is that in some cases they provide links to references in national languages, or to literature in a different world language than English. However, the use of the Czech version of Wikipedia in preparation of e-learning courses seems to be more than problematic."

[edit] Comments

"The authors believe that a possible solution of this problem may be the development of specialized portals, localized to national languages, based on the same principles as Wikipedia"

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