Wiki pedagogy - A tale of two Wikis

Matt Bower*, Karen Woo, Matt Roberts, Paul Watters

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This paper reports on a research project investigating the deployment of two different wikis in two Masters of IT subjects. As well, two different learning task designs were used (weekly whole class extension question tasks versus semester long group projects) providing further basis for comparison and contrast within the project. Data collection mechanisms included a 22 item student survey, interviews with academics and observations on student contributions to the wikis. Key results regarding students' patterns of behaviour, the impact of learning task design upon contributions, the effect of training, and the quality of the wiki applications themselves arc discussed. Based on these results, a set of 12 principles for implementing wiki based learning tasks are recommended. § 2006 IEEE.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication7th International Conference on Information Technology Based Higher Education and Training
Subtitle of host publication10th to 13th July, 2006, Sydney, Australia
EditorsRobin Braun
Place of PublicationPiscataway, NJ
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)1424404061, 9781424404063
Publication statusPublished - 2006
Event7th International Conference on Information Technology Based Higher Education and Training, ITHET - Sydney, NSW, Australia
Duration: 10 Jul 200613 Jul 2006


Other7th International Conference on Information Technology Based Higher Education and Training, ITHET
CitySydney, NSW

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