Student Wiki Pages: Online collaboration in a networked environment.

Thorsen, E., 2013. Student Wiki Pages: Online collaboration in a networked environment. In: Exploring collaborative learning in Higher Education media education programmes. Higher Education Academy.

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This chapter is concerned with student collaboration and ‘peer-support’ pedagogy as facilitated by online learning environments. Specifically the chapter discusses the use of wiki tools as part of the e-learning strategy in a first year BA (Hons) Communication and Media unit at Bournemouth University. The pedagogical aim here is to assess students’ ability to work effectively in a computer-mediated environment by applying interpersonal communication skills taught in the unit, whilst fostering a professional engagement with the unit’s theoretical foundation and facilitating student-centred learning. The Student Wiki Pages is an educational strategy that encourages students to develop active learning, media literacy and scholarship at the start of their degree programmes, providing a solid underpinning for their future studies. Collaboratively producing a wiki means students have to be self-reflexive and critically evaluate their own notes from lectures and set readings on a weekly basis. Drawing on evidence from 2010/2011, the chapter will demonstrate how the Student Wiki Pages helped inspire students’ commitment to learning by analysing five core areas where student performance improved. Practical complexities of assessing collaborative learning will be evaluated, together with a discussion on how to manage student expectations in relation to grading and feedback.

Item Type:Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords:wiki ; peer collaboration ; networked learning ; online learning ; pedagogy
Group:Media School
ID Code:20666
Deposited By: Unnamed user with email symplectic@symplectic
Deposited On:12 Feb 2013 13:04
Last Modified:12 Feb 2013 13:04


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