Learning with Technology


Engaging Active Learning through Wiki technology: 2 Case Studies

“Wiki: a piece of server software that allows users to freely create and edit Web page content using any Web browser. Like many simple concepts, "open editing" has some profound and subtle effects on Wiki usage. Allowing everyday users to create and edit any page in a Web site is exciting in that it encourages democratic use of the Web and promotes content composition by nontechnical users.”

Active learning is defined as teaching through experience in a context that is relevant to students. One aspect of active learning includes “Learning by Teaching:” allowing students to teach new content to each other (Martin 1985, Martin/Oebel 2007). In Case Study 1, wikis were used in a large lecture course where students added questions and answers, as well as reading synopses from the required readings. In Case Study 2, wikis were created as editable chapters in developing a single document written by 16 students during the quarter. The presentation will highlight the effectiveness of both wiki organizations and the differences of learning outcomes.