When a wiki is the way: exploring the use of a wiki in a constructively aligned learning design

Jones, Peter (2007) When a wiki is the way: exploring the use of a wiki in a constructively aligned learning design. In: Proceedings of ASCILITE Singapore 2007. pp. 460-467. From: ASCLITE ICT: Providing Choices for Learners & Learning, 2-5 DEC 2007, Singapore.

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The second generation of Web-based tools, the so-called Web 2.0 applications such as podcasts, blogs and wikis, have captured the imagination of many educators, who recognise their potential for creating more collaborative and truly interactive online learning environments. However, whenever new technologies become available, there is a risk that they will be employed on the basis of novelty rather than for sound pedagogical reasons. To ensure that the latest crop of online tools are actually contributing in meaningful ways to the creation of effective and authentic learning environments, educators need to be mindful of the foundations of effective learning design and sound pedagogical principles. This paper explores the use of a wiki in a final year, undergraduate, social work course. Drawing on the concepts of constructive alignment and models for effective learning design, the wiki was integrated into a purposefully designed learning sequence in a manner which allowed students to engage in online collaboration directed at the achievement of a set of intended learning outcomes. In this way, the wiki becomes a fully integrated and coherent part of the learning experience, rather than simply a technological add-on.

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Item Type: Conference Item (Research - E1)
Keywords: learning design; wiki
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Date Deposited: 02 Oct 2009 04:25
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