Wikis as Open Educational Resources in Higher Education: Overcoming Challenges, Realizing Potential

Benjamin Kehrwald (Massey University, New Zealand) and P. A. Danaher (The University of Southern Queensland, Australia)
Copyright: © 2010 |Pages: 80
EISBN13: 9781609603526|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-61520-869-2.ch005
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Abstract

Open wikis such as WikiEducator (WE) (http://www.wikieducator.org/Main_Page) lie at the intersection of two significant applications of learning technology: open educational resources (OERs), which are freely available materials that can be shared, modified, adapted, and reused in diverse learning contexts; and collaborative authoring environments. This chapter presents a case study of the use of open wikis in a single online postgraduate course in the College of Education at Massey University (New Zealand). The case discussion includes an illustration of the use of open wiki technology at WikiEducator within the course from two different points of view: the use of wikis as a presentation tool by the course teaching staff; and as a production tool by learners seeking to create OERs as part of an instructional design project. The chapter also links the challenges and opportunities associated with these points of view to wider possibilities and pressures attending the terrain in which contemporary higher education is situated.
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