Design Alternatives for a MediaWiki to Support Collaborative Writing in Higher Education Classes
|Design Alternatives for a MediaWiki to Support Collaborative Writing in Higher Education Classes|
|Author(s)||Sumonta Kasemvilas, Lorne Olfman|
|Published in||Issues in Informing Science and Information Technology|
|Keyword(s)||awareness, collaborative writing, constructivist learning, design science research, discussion, evaluation, MediaWiki, project management, Web 2.0|
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Design Alternatives for a MediaWiki to Support Collaborative Writing in Higher Education Classes is a 2009 journal article written in English by Sumonta Kasemvilas, Lorne Olfman and published in Issues in Informing Science and Information Technology.
Constructivist learning mechanisms such as collaborative writing have emerged as a result of the development of Web 2.0 technologies. We define the term mandatory collaborative writing to describe a writing activity where the group has a firm deadline. Our study focuses on how a wiki can fully support mandatory group writing. The motivation of this design science research study emerges from a graduate Knowledge Management class assignment to write a wiki book. The project outcome shows that the wiki instance used for the project, MediaWiki, could better facilitate the process with a set of extensions that support discussion, evaluation, and project management. We outline designs for these mechanisms: 1) a discussion mechanism that changes the way users discuss content on a wiki page and increases group awareness; 2) an evaluation mechanism that provides a tool for the instructor to monitor and assess students’ performance; and 3) a project management tool that increases awareness of the status of each component of the writing project and provides an overall summary of the project. A demonstration of the principles to a focus group provided a basic proof of the validity of these mechanisms.
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