Archive for November 7th, 2008

Tips for educators using wikis in educational settings

I just found a fabluous list of tips for using wikis in education successfully.  Many of them are common sense and all address principles of sound pedagogical practice.  And although they seem like guidelines that I should have followed when I used wikis for a collaborative assignment (because I am usually careful to give detailed instructions for any assignment), clearly I did not.  And that is probably why the assignment yielded mixed results.  This list of tips was created by Barbara Shroeder who writes a blog entitled, “Web 2.0 for everyone.”  Some of the tips focus on setting a common goal, reviewing wki conventions and wiki etiquette, creating a culture of trust, encouraging students to edit one another’s work, giving cleaer instructions and including practice.  These tips and more are included in a Powerpoint presentation entitled, “Within the wiki: Instructional strategies for educators.” I will definitely rely on these tips as guidelines as I plan for future collaborative assignments using wikis.

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