CITRENZ 2010:MediaWiki case study
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- virtualMe - Action research cycle 4:Research question
- ""Can a wiki /blog be used to support a variety of education pedagogies appropriate to blended learning?”.
- To provide a tool to answer this a wiki and blog were installed and have been used to support teaching and learning content.
Objective Developing a wiki for teaching and learning
By the end of this page you will be able to:
Implementing an education focused wiki can be broken down into three parts
- Content construction
- Content delivery
Hosting using private MediaWiki because ...
- Extensive use (Wikipedia)
- Used by WikiEducator, Wikiversity, Wikibooks.
- The software is Open Source.
- Has an active extension community continually adding new functionality.
- Supports a wide variety of multimedia types
- Has the capability to be extended (e.g. add YouTube and Flickr functionality).
- Enables the researcher to offer an informed contribution to the existing wiki communities.
- Can be installed on a private host, enabling the researcher to gain an understanding of the technology underpinning the wiki.
2.1 Structured content construction: wiki
- HTML/XHTML:CSS format - Different hyperlink colors on same page. Look for...
- Templates (Header (Navigation), Objectives (Pedagogy), Footer(References, APA page reference, Zotero))
- Extensions (GesHI - Software code formatting (syntax highlighter) CSS/HTML)
2.2 Un-structured content construction: blog
- EduBlogs – advertisements, no mobile support
- WordPress.com – no google analytics (has own stats)
- This includes self paced and individual study, enhanced by the “cognitive revolution” and includes: chunking, cognitive load, working memory, multimedia effect
- Content is the primary driver (Both wiki and blog suitable)
- center on socially constructed knowledge
- the process of knowledge acquisition is what is important
- focus on networks, that are based on a shared common interest, are mostly self organising and learning can take place beyond the course
- Display in lecture
- Text size + Zoom-it
- Specialised code (link to external pages)
- Connected media
- Videos (Embed YouTube)
- PowerPoints (slideshare)
- (public) Google presentation
- User discussion
- Twitter hash tag
- Amend actual pages
- Threaded discussion plus consolidated page discussion
- Student knowledge construction
- Create own sub-wikis off user name
(those in italics added since paper written)