Using wikis to help first year students develop collaborative knowledge management skills for tomorrow

Benckendorff, Pierre (2009) Using wikis to help first year students develop collaborative knowledge management skills for tomorrow. In: Proceedings of the 12th Pacific Rim First Year in Higher Education Conference. From: 12th Pacific Rim First Year in Higher Education Conference, 29 June-1 July 2009, Townsville, QLD, Australia.

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In the information economy the ability to harness digital technologies to capture and manage knowledge is a critical skill for university graduates. This study examines the use of wikis as an assessment tool to help first year students develop a range of knowledge management skills, including creative collaboration, consensus building and technical literacy. The purpose of the study is to provide an exploratory analysis of student attitudes toward the use of wikis as a collaborative assessment task. The results indicate that most students perceived wikis to be a flexible, convenient and fair pedagogical technique for collaborative learning. While many students preferred the wiki to a paper-based assessment, some students were not convinced that the task produced better collaborative outcomes. It is suggested that a staged wiki assessment might overcome some of the perceived shortcomings reported by students.

Item ID: 8579
Item Type: Conference Item (Refereed Research Paper - E1)
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Date Deposited: 25 Feb 2010 01:56
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130203 Economics, Business and Management Curriculum and Pedagogy @ 100%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930203 Teaching and Instruction Technologies @ 100%
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