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.

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Objective Developing a wiki for teaching and learning

By the end of this page you will be able to:

  • Describe the three parts associated with a teaching and learning wiki
    • Hosting
    • Content construction
    • Content delivery

Case study

Implementing an education focused wiki can be broken down into three parts

  1. Hosting
  2. Content construction
  3. Content delivery
Wiki architecture overview

1. Hosting

Wiki architecture overview

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

MediaWiki: Teaching and learning content architecture

Example page

  • 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)
    • JavaScript (press Pause/Break to hide navigation/tool bar)

2.2 Un-structured content construction: blog

  • EduBlogs – advertisements, no mobile support
  • – no google analytics (has own stats)
  • Private?

Example page

3. Delivery

3.1 Behaviourist/cognitive

  • 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)
  • Examples

3.2 Constructivist

3.3 Connectivist

  • focus on networks, that are based on a shared common interest, are mostly self organising and learning can take place beyond the course
  • Examples
    • Twitter feed, Google docs (presentation), YouTube, SlideShare, etc..
    • (e.g.s. virtualMVwiki Home page ( Main_Page ), CITRENZ Home page ( CITRENZ_2010) )


  • Display in lecture
    • Text size + Zoom-it
  • Specialised code (link to external pages)
  • Connected media
    • Videos (Embed YouTube)
    • Presentations
      • PowerPoints (slideshare)
      • (public) Google presentation
  • User discussion
    • Twitter hash tag
  • Annotations
    • 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)

Icon References.png References

CITRENZ 2010:MediaWiki case study. (2017). In virtualMV's ( Michael Verhaart ) wiki. Retrieved December 18, 2017, from    (zotero)