After the week 4 class on Wikis I have become inspired to look further into using Wikis to enhance learning in my future classes. In my opinion in a century where collaboration and contribution are reagarded as influentioal tools in constructing and retaining knowledge, Wikis can be utilized vastly in fascilitating effective learning. According to the article, ‘Wikis as a Teaching Tool’, there are variuos applications for Wikis in different areas with a recent focus in education sector as an effective tool in teaching and learning. Wikis as a collaborative web-based environemnt benefit both teachres and students in various ways:
1. Wikis provide students with the opportunity not only to create content and share knowledeg but also to reflect on their peers’ work and thoughts, encouraging them to cultivate necessary skills for effecive learning among which are constructing knowledege collaboratively and reflecting upon their process of learning. In addition, it gives studnets the chance to actively involve in the discussions. Unlike the classrooms where time constraints do not allow every individual have the chance to talk, a wiki allows all individuals to share their thoughts engaging them in collective learning.
2. As contributors and authors in a Wiki space, the students become organizers, problem solvers, synthesizers and explainers who actively engage in learning.
3. Teachers can make use of Wikis with their coleagues as a space for professional development, sharing and anlaysing their teaching practices as well as revising their strategies to bring the best to their classes and students.
5.A whole course can be organized around a wiki, The teacher can post the course contents and assignements on a wiki; here you can find an example of desiging a whole course in a wiki space:
What I also found very inetersting was the discriptive van diagram of Victoria Davis on the pedogogy of a wiki-centered classroom.On her website she talkes about how she uses wikis in her classrooms.
From Cool Cat Teacher Blog
Last but not least I believe as digital natives by definition, the students benefit from a web-based, online shared domain which is more likely to be checked and followed when these students are checking their facebook pages at least once a day 😉