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"The journey which started with the invention of the punch card for a loom to the development of personal computers and the internet we use today has changed the way we communicate and learn. Technology has been a catalyst driving innovations and the way we do things in our daily lives. Every aspect of our modern life is touched by technology. My life-long quest for learning and fascination with gadgets has fostered a need to learn more about new technologies."

Rosellen Bonney

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Monday, May 3, 2010

Wikis

So, what did I learn this past week? The main focus this week has been wikis. Wikis can be a useful tool for online learners as long as the project is well designed and students are prepared to work in the digital commons. West & West(2009) covers setting up Wikis and project design. In addition, there are examples for projects in knowledge construction, critical thinking and contextual applications. I explored ways to avoid wiki pitfalls including unbalanced participation, a lack of progress and direction, mistrust, misunderstandings, and conflicts. There are a number of way to mitigate issues encountered by groups, most of which can be addressed through proper student preparation, good instructional design, well defined assessment measures and diligent monitoring. Student must be prepared to work and learn in the digital commons.

Reference
West J., & West M. (2009). Using Wikis for Online Collaboration. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

1 comment:

  1. Hi ,

    Nice posting and good work . Nice hat .

    Don J.

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