Bruker:Frode Inge Helland/Kladd5
The best way of using wiki in education.
Why use wiki in education?
- The students learn to treat their subjects in a more objective way.
- The students are allowed to immerse themselves in the subject or part og the subject.
- Their work is read and respected by many people.
- The students contribute to spreading valuable knowledge.
- And there are no costs connected to this work.
What is needed from the students?
- Basic knowledge in handling a computer.
- Basic level of desire to publish.
- Understanding and acceptance of wiki writing eventually as a collective enterprise.
- The articles written by each student should be listed as links on each individual user page.
What is needed from the teacher?
- The teacher should have satisfactory wiki experience.
- The teacher should at any time have a clear overview of all the articles under work.
- The teacher should have satisfactory knowledge in the subjects in the articles the students are working on, or have necessary expertise at hand.
- The articles should not be entered in the article room until the approval of the teacher.
- The teacher should be the professional guarantee for the quality of the articles.
How do I start?
- Every student should register. The e-mail address, name and nickname should be fully known to the teacher.
- Every student should be given their ovn user page and draft page.
- They should be taught how to start editing and writing articles..
- The teacher should make no entries in the student’s articles, even in their draft pages.
- All corrections should be conveyed to students via e-mail for the students to accept and enter the correcions.
- The teacher should, if needed, provide a structure for each article, to help the students towards a systematical approach.
- Each article in the project should be tagged so it all articles easily should be identified.
- It is of outmost importance to emphasize that the bottom line is only to use written sources.
- The articles should be closed to non registered users.
What are the main obstacles?
- Lisencing pictures seems complicated to many. The subject should be given consideration.
- Uploading pictures seems also to be a major hindrance to many. The students should practice repeated times under the surveillance of the teacher.
- Inserting pictures needs also to be demonstrated and practiced .
- Formatting the articles, understanding the formatting buttons and making internal and external links and references should be thoroughly instructed.
What are the experiences so far?
- It takes a lot of time to get the students moving, so an early preparation and start is of vital importance.
- The writing process seems to sharpen the students attention to what is important and what is not, sharpen their senses for what is reliable sources and a drive to check sources – and they learn about licensing and to respect it.
- It seems that the structured, unpersonal, factual, encyclopedic approach is a great help to lesser brilliant students to write very good articles.
- The students seems to develop an ownership during the work which in then causes a sense of pride and a feeling of being an innsider of the subject: ”We and them”. This has an very posistive general effect of their attitude to the subject.