Educational uses of wikis

In searching for information about educational uses of wikis, I came across Educational Uses of Wikis that offers excellent references and a good comprehensive list of literature written on educational uses of wikis.  There were two references that describe a similar project to our class project.

 

There may be some ideas in these ideas to assist the class in our book project.

Another article by Peter Duffy and Axel Bruns entitled The use of blogs, wikis, and RSS in education: a conversation of possibilities offers a overview of the concepts of wikis, Blogs, RSS feeds, the educational benefits and the educational uses; however the thing that I find most interesting is the “Further questions to explore” sections of the article for Wikis, Blogs, and RSS.  One of the questions is about the process of teaching students authorship of wiki writing which is different from the genre of essay writing. Will this change or alter the requirements of writing in our schools in the future?  How will the process of writing changed due to the influence of wikis and blogs?

 

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4 Responses to Educational uses of wikis

  1. You brought up the idea that wiki writing is different from the genre of essay writing. This reminded me of a statement on p. 254 of Learning Networks by Harasim et. al. They observed that we don’t teach people how to write hyper text, which made me wonder if we really understand how to write hyper text (I’m not talking about mark-up). Do we understand these new genres? Can we teach things we don’t understand?

  2. sarajoypond says:

    …or is that where the necessity of being teacher-learners and the ideas of communities of practice come in? Could these new genres we don’t really understand become the impetus for a sea change about the roles of teachers and learners, the balance of power, the modes of inquiry in classrooms, etc.?
    Probably pretty optimistic…but you never know.

  3. The question you raised about how Wiki writing and essay writing might be two different skill sets is intriguing! It will be interesting to see what conventions and writing style changes will be reflected five years from now in English classes!

  4. David Wiley says:

    “One of the questions is about the process of teaching students authorship of wiki writing which is different from the genre of essay writing. Will this change or alter the requirements of writing in our schools in the future? How will the process of writing changed due to the influence of wikis and blogs?”

    I would have loved to hear more of what you think about these questions… What do ~you~ think?

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