Title: Experiences and perspectives of Wikipedia use in higher education

Authors: Klaus Wannemacher

Addresses: Higher Education Information System (HIS), Goseriede 9, 30159 Hannover, Germany

Abstract: University teaching is confronted with strong challenges through the emergence of new participatory web applications. While social software tools are strongly applied by students, instructors are often reluctant to adapt them in their teaching practice. Only recently have instructors begun to more strongly apply one of the most commonly used Web 2.0 applications, the online encyclopaedia Wikipedia, in university teaching. Based on an overview of international university projects, this contribution presents general data on the background, objectives, teaching approaches, assignment and feedback forms of Wikipedia-related courses and discusses adequate methods of enabling instructors to apply wiki systems within their teaching.

Keywords: e-learning; web based learning; Web 2.0; Wikipedia; information competency; media literacy; teaching strategies; course assignment forms; collaborative knowledge management; constructivist learning; electronic learning; online learning; higher education; university teaching; wiki systems.

DOI: 10.1504/IJMIE.2011.037756

International Journal of Management in Education, 2011 Vol.5 No.1, pp.79 - 92

Published online: 27 Dec 2010 *

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