What are wikis?
Wikis are a means by which users can easily collaborate create and edit interlinked web pages – with a track of edits made by the students. Wikis are most often used as a collaborative work space, and/or a resource site. They are media-rich spaces which allow students to create and engage with text-based formats, images, video and sound.
Why would I use wikis with my students?
- To facilitate student centred activities based on the creation of materials with other students supporting deeper learning of the subject.
- Develop student’s communication and critical thinking skills in the collaboration and building of knowledge with others.
- Wikis can be referred back to, to review and recall information. They can also be further built on and contributed to by students over a period of time as their knowledge and understanding of the subject progresses.
- Provide feedback to students about knowledge and understanding demonstrated using the wiki tool along with an individual grade and feedback on individual contributions
How do I use wikis with my students?
The wiki tool in Course Resources (Blackboard) can be used to create two types of wikis.
- Module Wiki (all students on the module can contribute)
- Group Wiki (all students within a group can contribute)
- It is not possible to automatically create a wiki for each student in the module.
- It is not possible to have each wiki automatically created with a default structure or layout (template).
Accessibility of the content on the wiki needs careful consideration. For more information please contact a member of the Learning Technology team firstname.lastname@example.org