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Design Mechanisms for MediaWiki to Support Collaborative Writing in a Mandatory Context
Abstract Because MediaWiki is not appropriate for uBecause MediaWiki is not appropriate for use in the classroom setting due to its decentralization, arbitrariness, and sharing, its flexible characteristics complicate concepts of practical design when applying MediaWiki in a mandatory writing context. This dissertation identifies a need to add extensions to facilitate increased accountability, project management, discussion, and awareness based on a theoretical framework, proposes MediaWiki with some modifications as an innovative way to optimize the strengths associated with constructivist learning and social presence, and examines the results of those changes. Relevant theoretical perspectives are used to contextualize the potential significance of additional extensions of MediaWiki. Three categories of mechanisms in MediaWiki—role, awareness, and project management—were newly developed in this research. They are designed to increase project control and accountability. Discussion, chat, text editor, and online notification extensions were also installed and customized to meet the needs of the students. Two case studies were conducted in two separate graduate classes to test the value of the extensions. Quantitative and qualitative data were collected and analyzed. Use of qualitative methods helps add texture to quantitative findings. The findings illustrate some potential impact for classroom use. Delineation of the results in Case Study 1 and Case Study 2 provides well-grounded rationale for why the proposed new MediaWiki mechanisms positively impact collaborative writing. By applying a set of extended features to MediaWiki, some problems were solved and others were mitigated, but other problems were not resolved and new problems emerged. Thus, this study articulates the benefits and the additional problems using MediaWiki and extensions and suggests ways to improve the group writing process. Using MediaWiki in academia needs appropriate governance and proper technology. The results potentially offer new teaching mechanisms for graduate students involved with collaborative writing. The study holds promise in improving collaborative efforts in mandatory group writing projects and discusses a way to facilitate collaborative writing in this context. Implications of this study can assist researchers and developers in understanding what effects the extensions have on users.what effects the extensions have on users.
Abstractsub Because MediaWiki is not appropriate for uBecause MediaWiki is not appropriate for use in the classroom setting due to its decentralization, arbitrariness, and sharing, its flexible characteristics complicate concepts of practical design when applying MediaWiki in a mandatory writing context. This dissertation identifies a need to add extensions to facilitate increased accountability, project management, discussion, and awareness based on a theoretical framework, proposes MediaWiki with some modifications as an innovative way to optimize the strengths associated with constructivist learning and social presence, and examines the results of those changes. Relevant theoretical perspectives are used to contextualize the potential significance of additional extensions of MediaWiki. Three categories of mechanisms in MediaWiki—role, awareness, and project management—were newly developed in this research. They are designed to increase project control and accountability. Discussion, chat, text editor, and online notification extensions were also installed and customized to meet the needs of the students. Two case studies were conducted in two separate graduate classes to test the value of the extensions. Quantitative and qualitative data were collected and analyzed. Use of qualitative methods helps add texture to quantitative findings. The findings illustrate some potential impact for classroom use. Delineation of the results in Case Study 1 and Case Study 2 provides well-grounded rationale for why the proposed new MediaWiki mechanisms positively impact collaborative writing. By applying a set of extended features to MediaWiki, some problems were solved and others were mitigated, but other problems were not resolved and new problems emerged. Thus, this study articulates the benefits and the additional problems using MediaWiki and extensions and suggests ways to improve the group writing process. Using MediaWiki in academia needs appropriate governance and proper technology. The results potentially offer new teaching mechanisms for graduate students involved with collaborative writing. The study holds promise in improving collaborative efforts in mandatory group writing projects and discusses a way to facilitate collaborative writing in this context. Implications of this study can assist researchers and developers in understanding what effects the extensions have on users.what effects the extensions have on users.
Bibtextype phdthesis  +
Has author Sumonta Kasemvilas +
Has extra keyword MediaWiki +
Has keyword Design + , Information technology + , Educational technology +
Has paywall mirror http://gradworks.umi.com/34/66/3466437.html  +
Has reference MediaWiki + , Wiki: a speedy new tool to manage projects + , Dandelion: supporting coordinated, collaborative authoring in Wikis + , Constructivist learning through wikis in the writing classroom + , 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 + , Using wikis as a learning tool in higher education + , Academics, in new move, begin to work with wikipedia + , The shoemaker’s children: using wikis for information systems teaching, research, and publication + , Design alternatives for a mediawiki to support collaborative writing + , Design Alternatives for a MediaWiki to Support Collaborative Writing in Higher Education Classes + , 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 + , Internet collaboration: twiki + , Blogs, wikis, podcasts, and other powerful web tools for classrooms + , Wikis, constructivist learning environment for the information age + , Lifting the veil: improving accountability and social transparency in Wikipedia with wikidashboard + , Wiki in higher education + , Exploring learning theory the wiki way + , Wikipedia is “making the grade” with more & more academics + , Wikis for supporting distributed collaborative writing +
Language English +
Number of citations by publication 0  +
Number of references by publication 26  +
Title Design Mechanisms for MediaWiki to Support Collaborative Writing in a Mandatory Context +
Type doctoral thesis  +
Year 2011 +
Creation dateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 9 June 2012 04:32:39  +
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Modification dateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 9 June 2012 04:32:39  +
DateThis property is a special property in this wiki. August 2011  +
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