Social Media in Higher Education: Using Wiki for Online Gifted Education Courses

Social Media in Higher Education: Using Wiki for Online Gifted Education Courses

Kristy Kowalske Wagner (University of Georgia, USA) and Sharon Dole (Western Carolina University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-0034-6.ch104
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Abstract

This study uses the theoretical framework of social constructivism and Communities of Practice (CoP) in two qualitative case studies that explore the use of wikis in online courses in teacher education to promote collaborative writing, problem-solving, and knowledge construction. The case studies involve data collection in the form of interviews, student products on wiki pages from the two courses, and course feedback. Several themes emerge that can be categorized under the broad headings of community building and collaboration, creative process, professional growth, and technology and the research process. Recommendations are made for educators that may be useful in augmenting their students' e-learning experiences with wikis.
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Background

Since the advent of Web 2.0 prominence in 2006, there has been much discussion about the educational potential of wikis, blogs, and social networking, among other Web tools (Alexander, 2006; Armstrong & Franklin, 2008; Kamel-Boulos & Wheeler, 2007; Wheeler & Wheeler, 2009). Wikipedia defines a wiki as “a Website whose users can add, modify, or delete its content via a Web browser using a simplified markup language or a rich-text editor.” The name is based on the Hawaiian term wiki wiki, meaning ‘quick’ or ‘informal’.

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