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Teaching with wikis : addressing the digital divide

Samarawickrema, Gayani, Benson, Robyn and Brack, Charlotte 2008, Teaching with wikis : addressing the digital divide, in ALT-C 2008 : Rethinking the digital divide, Association for Learning Technology, Oxford, England, pp. 84-94.

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Title Teaching with wikis : addressing the digital divide
Author(s) Samarawickrema, Gayani
Benson, Robyn
Brack, Charlotte
Conference name Association for Learning Technology. Conference (15th : 2008 : Leeds, England)
Conference location Leeds, England
Conference dates 9-11 September 2008
Title of proceedings ALT-C 2008 : Rethinking the digital divide
Editor(s) Whitton, Nicola
McPherson, Maggie
Publication date 2008
Conference series Association for Learning Technology Conference
Start page 84
End page 94
Publisher Association for Learning Technology
Place of publication Oxford, England
Summary This paper addresses some aspects of the digital divide affecting teachers and learners in higher education. These relate to divisions arising from variable rates of technology adoption by teachers, which may be especially problematic when students’ uptake of technology is much more rapid than those who teach them, and also to divisions within the student body which teachers need to accommodate when they plan the design of learning. To address these divisions, we designed a pilot online workshop to prepare a small group of teaching staff at two Australian universities for using wikis in teaching and assessment. Participants were immersed in the experience of collaborating on a project in a wiki as learners, and then asked to reflect on this experience as teachers. We used a participatory action research approach with a view to developing a community of enquiry to investigate this experience for improving future offerings, and informing the participants’ teaching practice. This paper reports on the professional development effort, reflecting on the successes and limitations of the work, and lessons learned in relation to bridging the above aspects of the digital divide. We then comment on the potential for further development in the context of the evolution of learning technology as a research discipline.
Notes Reproduced with the kind permission of the copyright owner.
ISBN 9780954587079
0954587073
Language eng
Field of Research 130306 Educational Technology and Computing
HERDC Research category E1.1 Full written paper - refereed
ERA Research output type E Conference publication
Copyright notice ©2008, Association for Learning Technology
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30016597

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