Using MediaWiki as an efficient data repository and ubiquitous learning tool : an Australian example

Warren, Ian 2010, Using MediaWiki as an efficient data repository and ubiquitous learning tool : an Australian example, Ubiquitous learning, an international journal, vol. 2, no. 1, pp. 21-37.

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Title Using MediaWiki as an efficient data repository and ubiquitous learning tool : an Australian example
Author(s) Warren, Ian
Journal name Ubiquitous learning, an international journal
Volume number 2
Issue number 1
Start page 21
End page 37
Total pages 17
Publisher Common Ground Publishing
Place of publication Champaign, Ill.
Publication date 2010-01
ISSN 1835-9795
Keyword(s) MediaWiki
Online Learning
Mobile Learning
U-Learning
Data Repository
Drugs, Crime and Society
Student Engagement
User-Generated Content
Summary The functionality of MediaWiki ensures it is a valuable learning repository for sharing and storing information. Constructivist learning can be promoted alongside a wiki repository and various wireless u-learning tools such as mobile phones and digital cameras, to encourage students to gather and share a range of primary and secondary information in a variety of subject areas. This paper outlines one initiative adopted at an Australian University specialising in distance education, which uses a MediaWiki as the primary method for content delivery. Over a period of three-years, the Drugs, Crime and Society wiki has evolved into an organic information repository for storing and accessing current research, press and drug agency material that supplements core themes examined in each topic of the curriculum. A constructivist approach has been employed to encourage students to engage in a range of assessable and non-assessable information sharing activities. The paper also demonstrates how the Drugs, Crime and Society wiki can be accessed through various wireless u-learning technologies, which enables students undertaking field placements to add and share primary information with other students and practitioners working in the drugs field.
Language eng
Field of Research 160201 Causes and Prevention of Crime
130306 Educational Technology and Computing
130205 Humanities and Social Sciences Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl Economics, Business and Management)
Socio Economic Objective 940499 Justice and the Law not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
HERDC collection year 2010
Copyright notice ©2010, (individual papers), the author(s)
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30031585

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