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Design Alternatives for a MediaWiki to Support Collaborative Writing in Higher Education Classes
Abstract Constructivist learning mechanisms such asConstructivist 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.proof of the validity of these mechanisms.
Abstractsub Constructivist learning mechanisms such asConstructivist 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.proof of the validity of these mechanisms.
Bibtextype article  +
Has author Sumonta Kasemvilas + , Lorne Olfman +
Has keyword Awareness + , Collaborative authoring + , Constructivist learning + , Design science research + , Talk page + , Evaluation + , MediaWiki + , Project management + , Web 2.0 +
Has reference MediaWiki + , Wiki: a speedy new tool to manage projects + , Design principles of Wiki: How can so little do so much? + , Writing documents collaboratively in higher education using traditional vs. wiki methodology (i): qualitative results from a 2-year project study + , Connecting the design of collaborative writing tools with writers’ practices and epistemological beliefs + , Construting text: wiki as a toolkit for (colaborative?) learning + , Community, consensus, coercion, control: cs*w or how policy mediates mass participation + , Caws: improving users' awareness in collaborative authoring activities + , CAWS: a wiki system to improve workspace awareness to advance effectiveness of co-authoring activities + , CAWS: An Awareness Based Wiki System to Improve Team Collaboration + , Caws: visualizing awareness to improve the effectiveness of co-authoring activities + , Wiki as a teaching tool + , Designing knowledge management systems for teaching and learning with wiki technology + , Blogs, wikis, podcasts, and other powerful web tools for classrooms + , Lifting the veil: improving accountability and social transparency in Wikipedia with wikidashboard + , Wiki in higher education +
Has remote mirror http://iisit.org/Vol6/IISITv6p045-064Kasemvilas648.pdf  +
Has webcitation mirror 68Hbmq849  +
Language English +
Number of citations by publication 1  +
Number of references by publication 16  +
Pages 45-64  +
Published in Issues in Informing Science and Information Technology +
Title Design Alternatives for a MediaWiki to Support Collaborative Writing in Higher Education Classes +
Type journal article  +
Volume 6  +
Year 2009 +
Creation dateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 9 June 2012 04:05:20  +
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Modification dateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 9 June 2012 04:05:20  +
DateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 2009  +
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