How can online instructors and course designers' instruction harness the popular Web 2.0 tool, the wiki, for successful collaboration and learning outcomes? This book focuses on using wikis in the active learning processes that are the hallmark of collaborative learning and constructivism. It provides both the pedagogical background and practical guidelines, tools, and processes for accomplishing these goals with special emphasis on wikis and other collaborative design tools. This book supports the effective design and delivery of online courses through the integration of collaborative writing and design activities.
THE AUTHORS James A. West is an associate professor in the Department of Instructional Design and Technology, Western Illinois University. He has conducted extensive research in both graduate and undergraduate courses using wikis and Web 2.0. Margaret L. West is the IT systems manager for the Center for Innovation in Teaching and Research at Western Illinois University. Her twenty-five-year career has included work in higher education, K 12, and the private sector.
Preface xiii About the Authors xvii ONE Getting Ready to Wiki 1 Opportunities for Online Learning 2 What Is a Wiki? 3 Types of Wikis 6 Choosing the Right Wiki 9 Features of Wikis 10 Setting Up the Wiki 17 Summary 19 TWO Designing Wiki Projects for Collaborative Learning 21 Teaching and Learning Through Wikis 21 Laying the Foundation Preparing Students for Wiki Work 22 Building the Framework Designing the Wiki Project 31 Monitoring Construction Managing the Wiki Process 45 Summary 57 THREE Wiki Projects for Knowledge Construction 59 Resource Bank 60 Frequently Asked Questions 62 Error Finding and Correcting 64 Historical Time Line 66 Annotated Bibliography 69 Online Dialogue 72 Group Summary 73 Class Encyclopedia 74 Summary 77 FOUR Wiki Projects for Critical Thinking 79 What If . . . ? Scenarios 80 Case Studies 82 Debates 85 Collaborative Research Papers 88 Evaluation or Research Study 90 Frame-Based Writing 93 Nominal Group Technique 95 Structured Online Critiques 98 Summary 100 FIVE Wiki Projects for Contextual Application 101 Event Plan 102 Process Map 104 Virtual Science Lab 109 Field Research Project 112 Story Creation 114 Team Challenge 115 Media Design Project 118 Service Learning Project 121 Summary 123 SIX Wikis Today and Tomorrow 125 The Value of Collaborative Writing 125 Integrating Wikis with Other Technologies 126 What the Future Holds 126 An Invitation to Collaborate 128 ADDITIONAL RESOURCES 129 Wikis for Educators 129 Web 2.0 129 Collaborative Writing 130 Scaffolding 130 Bloom s Taxonomy 130 References 131 Index 135