What Does the Wiki Tool Offer?

Uses

  • A collaborative space for students to work together
  • A public space for groups to share their work
  • A means of tracking student contributions to the group

*See other educational purposes in the Blackboard link, below.

What Are the Best Use Cases?

1.  Assignments where small groups can work collaboratively to produce something useful or interesting to the full course.

  • ex. each group makes a study guide for a chapter of the text; it is then available for everyone to study.

2.  Assignments where groups work independently, but then showcase their work so members of other groups can comment.

  • ex. groups create an article on a topic in a wiki area; other students review the wiki article and offer constructive criticism in the comment area.   

3.  A collaborative class assignment where each individual student contributes a page or series of pages to a larger work.

  • ex. a research class where each student reviews an article and posts a summary or outline of the work.
  • ex. a current events assignment where each student posts an article and reflects on or comments on the article

4.  An area for functional collaborations - i.e. class sign-ups, group formation, choosing topics for projects, etc.

  • ex. post a page with topics for a group assignment and have students add their names to groups in which they are interested.
  • ex. post a series of times and have students sign up for conferences with you. 

*See other Use Cases in the Blackboard link, below.

Tips for Effective Wiki Assignments

1.  Make sure the assignment has diverse elements

  • Generate an assortment of topics, so groups don't "borrow" (or get accused of borrowing!) from each other.
  • Students are more likely to read through other sections of the wiki if those topics are different from the one the student worked on.

2.  Students are content builders, too!

  • Encourage students' responsibility for their own learning by having them find and present content.
  • If students know their work will be used and valued by peers they are more likely to aim for quality work.
  • Create assignments where students are not simply rehashing content that has already been presented elsewhere in the course.  

3.  Emphasize collaborative elements

  • Highlight the collective nature of the assignment; everyone is responsible for making the overall assignment worthwhile or effective.
  • Help students see the value of their role, either individually or in small groups, in building the assignment.
  • Review constructive editing techniques and encourage students to use these techniques responsibly.

4.  Discourage cut-and-paste 

  • Cutting and pasting from other programs, especially Word, can cause errors with wikis. 
  • If students feel safer typing long passages in another word processing program, make sure they either use the "remove formatting" option in the Blackboard text editor or cut and paste into a program like Notepad, first (this strips out metadata), before cutting and pasting again into Blackboard.

How to Create a Wiki Assignment

Learn how to create and manage wikis in Blackboard.  This article from Blackboard contains screen shots and a video to fully demonstrate the use of this tool.

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Created
Wed 8/14/19 3:22 PM
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