Title: Wiki-based collaborative learning in higher education: a pedagogical evaluation

Authors: Said Hadjerrouit

Addresses: Faculty of Technology and Science, University of Agder, Serviceboks 422, Kristiansand, Norway

Abstract: The added value of wiki technologies lies in their potential power to support collaborative learning. One of the most important wiki technologies is MediaWiki - a collaborative web-based technology that allows multiple users to easily and quickly contribute to upload, build, and develop content on the web. MediaWiki applications are dynamic, constantly changing pages where users become collaborative authors. The aim of this paper is to allow students in higher education to develop wiki applications using the MediaWiki technology. This article also reports on a pedagogical evaluation of the wiki applications and technology by means of self-evaluation, peer review, and survey questionnaires.

Keywords: collaborative writing; constructivist learning theory; universities; higher education; MediaWiki; computer software; Wikimedia Foundation; pedagogical evaluation; Web 2.0; social media; internet; world wide web; social networking; networks; interactivity; collaboration; interactive media; collaborative media; collaborative websites; online databases; wiki applications; wiki-based learning; multiple users; web content; dynamic applications; collaborative authors; web pages; self-evaluation; peer review; survey questionnaires; student wikis; University of Agder; Norway; innovation; CSCL; computer-supported learning; collaborative learning; technological issues; pedagogical issues; pedagogy.

DOI: 10.1504/IJIL.2012.047307

International Journal of Innovation and Learning, 2012 Vol.12 No.1, pp.6 - 26

Published online: 28 Aug 2014 *

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