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Wikis as individual student learning tools : the limitations of technology

Allen, Matthew and Tay, Elaine 2012, Wikis as individual student learning tools : the limitations of technology, International journal of information and communication technology education, vol. 8, no. 2, pp. 61-71, doi: 10.4018/jicte.2012040105.

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Title Wikis as individual student learning tools : the limitations of technology
Author(s) Allen, Matthew
Tay, Elaine
Journal name International journal of information and communication technology education
Volume number 8
Issue number 2
Start page 61
End page 71
Total pages 11
Publisher IGI Global
Place of publication Hershey, Pa.
Publication date 2012-04
ISSN 1550-1876
1550-1337
Keyword(s) assessment
editing process
education
e-learning
internet
online learning
wikis
Summary This paper presents research into the attitudes and behaviours of students using wikis for individual writing tasks. The wiki-based assignment differs from the use of wikis normally researched because it was an individual task, not involving collaborative writing. This activity provides an excellent opportunity to learn more about how wikis are actually used by students in higher education. The research finds there is no compelling evidence that the wiki on its own improves performance over and above the general aptitude of students. It also finds that students generally did not utilise the wikis for high-intensity editing and revision. However, students did report that the wiki was valuable as a way of aiding them to review and develop their ideas. We conclude that using wikis for individual writing tasks can, where appropriate active instructions are given to support development of cognitive abilities, lead to improved outcomes for students.
Language eng
DOI 10.4018/jicte.2012040105
Field of Research 200199 Communication and Media Studies not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970120 Expanding Knowledge in Language, Communication and Culture
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
HERDC collection year 2012
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30050609

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Communication and Creative Arts
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