Title: Using WebQuest as scaffolding in the wiki for collaborative learning

Authors: Jinzhong Yang; Jianping Zhang

Addresses: Institute of Modern Educational Technology, Zhejiang University, Tianmushan Road No.148, Hangzhou, China ' Institute of Modern Educational Technology, Zhejiang University, Tianmushan Road No.148, Hangzhou, China

Abstract: The wiki is a suitable tool for online collaborative learning. In this study, WebQuest was used as scaffolding in the wiki to support students' collaborative learning. This research aimed to investigate learners' acceptance of the new learning approach and their learning outcomes. The results show that learners maintained more goal-oriented when they utilised WebQuest as scaffolding in the wiki, and kept better interactions among members, and reduced navigational disorientation. Also, the students in the experimental groups achieved better learning outcomes.

Keywords: wikis; WebQuest; collaborative learning; CSCL; Web 2.0; environmental education; online learning; electronic learning; e-learning; scaffolding; learner acceptance; learning outcomes; goal-oriented; navigational disorientation.

DOI: 10.1504/IJCEELL.2013.055404

International Journal of Continuing Engineering Education and Life-Long Learning, 2013 Vol.23 No.3/4, pp.229 - 239

Received: 19 Nov 2012
Accepted: 10 Feb 2013

Published online: 27 Jul 2013 *

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