How to Use Wikis for Collaborative Teamwork is a presentation website that affords users insight into how to create and edit wiki pages.
The goal of the site is to give teachers an overview of how wikis work, and offer some potential strategies for bringing wikis into their classrooms as part of their instructional activities.
Target Student Population:
K-12 Instructors, Higher Ed Instructors, Pre-Service Teachers
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
Type of Material:
Instructors can use the suggestions provided on the website to create assignments for their class, and show students the CommonCraft video on YouTube.
Works on any device with internet access and ability to watch a YouTube video.
Evaluation and Observation
This site takes a highly informative and engaging video on the creation of wikis and couples it with practical resources for integrating wikis into the classroom. Instructors are given excellent suggestions for how they might integrate wikis into their lessons to better meet learning outcomes.
The Common Craft video provides erroneous information at the end in that it recommends Wet Paint, a site that no longer lets users create wikis. Additionally, the site should probably offer some live examples or screenshots of wikis for education to give instructors a better idea of how to jump from the Common Craft video to the actual creating of their classroom wiki.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
The presentation takes a highly engaging video and ties it to educational practice with clearly stated learning objectives, discussion questions and further reading.
The discussion questions are actually a sample assignment - it would be great if there were actual discussion questions listed here. For example, what if there were questions on the implications of starting a wiki for a class? Labeling the materials on the site correctly would help with the effectiveness of the tool for classroom use.
Weblinks presented at the end of the video need updating.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
The presentation of the material is incredibly straight-forward - users watch the video on YouTube and then browse through the educational materials presented. The clean layout of the Mindgate Media website lets users know that they can sign up for free to contribute materials of their own.
The bulk of the learning material is held within the Common Craft video, and the supplemental learning objectives and assignments are dependent upon user submissions to give a full and accurate picture of how wikis can be used in the classroom. Making this module more interactive somehow would greatly improve the quality of this site - maybe a place where users can offer comments on how they currently use wikis in the classroom?
Other Issues and Comments:
This is a good video for introducing how a wiki works and provides links to sites to create one. There have been changes to 2 of 3 websites presented at the end of the video.