A Case of Using Wikis to Foster Collaborative Learning: Pedagogical Potential and Recommendations

Hong Lin (Oklahoma State University, USA) and Kathleen D. Kelsey (Oklahoma State University, USA)
Copyright: © 2010 |Pages: 182
EISBN13: 9781616921392|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-880-2.ch010
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In recent years, Wikis, an open Web-based editing tool, have increasingly been used for collaborative writing projects in classrooms. Hailed as a collaborative learning and writing tool that is more powerful than blogs and e-mail, the pedagogical impact of using Wikis in the classroom is underrepresented in the literature. This case reviews the design and implementation of a Wikibook project for graduate students at a major land-grant university in the mid-South United States. Our findings challenge idealistic hypotheses that work using Wikis, without careful design and implementation, is naturally beneficial. The case also provides design recommendations for educators who are interested in using Wikis to enhance collaborative writing.
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