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Scholars Day: April 7, 2010

Wikis in Higher Education: an Evaluation of the Instructional Effectiveness of the Wiki for Group Work

Very little research has evaluated the instructional effectiveness of social communication applications such as the wiki, a relatively new and powerful Web 2.0 tool. A wikis is an application that allows synchronous collaboration across the internet for people to write, edit, and share materials. The purpose of this study is to determine the effectiveness of the wiki as a collaborative learning tool with college students. We will compare the written products (in terms of quality and quantity) created by participants randomly assigned to one of three different methods of arranging student group work: face-to-face with a word processing software; wikis alone; or wikis with audio communication. Preliminary data from this study will be presented.

Presenter: Kimberly Stein (Undergraduate Student)
Topic: Psychology
Location: 218 Hartwell
Time: 4:15 pm (Session V)