Exploiting The Potential Of Wikis
Discussion group A1: Supporting The Needs of the User


Discussion Group A1: Supporting The Needs of the User

Discussion group A1 has the theme "Supporting The Needs of the User".

Two sets of issues are given below. You can chose whether to address one of the issues, both of them or possibly split you group into two.

Issue 1

Issue 2

Report

Here's the inital brain dump of this morning's discussions:
Mixture of e-learning and IT.

Issue 1

What case studies are there?
Students reluctance to collaborate? Assessment driven and very good at time managing.

How do you get valid assessment?testing

How do you get staff to look at these type of technologies? Get away from the VLE focus.

Just started using a wiki with a e-moderating course. Using to start setting-up pages.

Decon uni - still evaluatingthe production of the wiki. Main findings 92% joined in. 70% understood. But didn't found any benefits.
as opposed to f2f collboration.

LSE have run a few. Taxepedia - produce a glossary.
Research, "travelling concepts" being used with external institutions.

Using a wiki to evaluate VLEs!

First use tends to be research collaboration.

Is assessment essential when using a wiki with students?

Group work.

Changes to institutions

What bits of a wiki are the best bits for educators?
What learning activities fit best with a wiki?
Struggling with being the facilitator.

Encouraging with collaboration in any tool.
Is this a challenge even with f2f?
Can a wiki help with undestanding that collab? i.e who is contributing to collab.

Do wikis offer more student ownership?

Is there a danger of a wiki overload? Trying use it. Do we require more educational research? Measure the outcomes.

Assessment is still key.

Are they being used because their novel?

Where the students see benefit, ie henry's wiki can be seen a resource.

Do we know why it worked?

what quality of work do we get out of a wiki?

Trusting wikipedia? Hence trusting web sources? It looks authorative.

Bebo, myspace in spaces outside VLE.
Are they putting pressure on tutors to change. They haven't bridged the gap between social and learning spaces.

Is this because the students has a fixed idea of the learning process?

Does this make it harder in the long term.

Who wants to use wikis?

Students require personal space.

Wiki don't suggest about how they should be used. Information support staff creating FAQ.
Project development/management.
Product development.

Produce a joint doc in a wiki through field work.

fSuggest resources, and then open it up.

Replacement for endless email discussions on project work.

Giving students/staff tools for making this open.

Either using informal spaces. Can we bring those into the institution.

Introducing them as personal tools. Started with theindividual tool.

Are the practices of collaborative teaching skills still developing.

Academics reluctance to share. If completely open, feel threaton.

Needs to have the stakeholders understanding of using the wiki. Understanding the benefits.

Content is not king.

Who owns the content? Are the same problems being faced with the digital repositories the same for wikis.

Defintely being used for teams.

How do we ensure for engangment and don't loose students?

Assumptions about digital natives, feeling excluded.

Scaffolding issue. Are we looking at an evolution of these tools. First years a small amount of blogging and full own wki for project work in the final year.

Still need case studies.

Talking to students/staff about their confidences.

Networks, interactions are being made easier via web2 technologies.

Ask more questions!

IT institutions hanging on whereas.

23things in library in states. Blog + podcast. Drop in a level 1.

Need to bring staff through different environments, i.e. Gilly Salmon's 5 step model.

How many institutions are using blogs?