Deanz 2010:Introduction

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Icon Introduction.png Introduction:


  • When teaching students, two complementary knowledge systems interact:
    • that of the teacher, and
    • that of the student.
  • The overall direction of a student’s learning is designed by a teacher (or learning designer), and usually includes the content that the student is to learn and activities for the student to do. Within a group of students, however, some may possess knowledge that could make an important contribution to the content being studied.
  • The ability to allow a student to interact with content is seen as a cornerstone of a teacher-focused information and knowledge system.

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Objective Introducing wikis in blended teaching & learning

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

  • Describe the development of a wiki-based artifact as delivery tool that investigates whether a wiki could be used to effectively deliver content in a blended teaching and learning environment,
  • Describe a wiki teacher architecture model, and
  • Describe how the virtualMV wiki has been integrated into a blended teaching and learning environment


  • In the virtualMe framework a customised solution was developed and student knowledge captured through annotating the content in a way that maintained the context of the student’s contribution.
  • Advances in wiki technology have made their application in education more popular, and have the potential to create online environments which both support social activities and interactions and promote collaborative learning activities (Choy & Ng, 2007[1]; Wheeler, Yeomans, & Wheeler, 2008[2]; Lin, Sajjapanroj, & Bonk, 2009[3]).

Existing wiki systems


Wikispaces example

Moodle example

Moodle wiki example

Wikis in teaching and learning

The Networked Teacher (Adapted from Couros (2008) - Creative Commons)

Source: (Couros, 2008)[4]

Icon References.png References

  1. Choy, S. O., & Ng, K. C. (2007). Implementing wiki software for supplementing online learning. Australasian Journal of Educational Technology 23(2), 209–226.
  2. Wheeler, S., Yeomans, P., & Wheeler, D. (2008). The good, the bad and the wiki:Evaluating student-generated content for collaborative learning. British Journal of Educational Technology 39(6), 987–995.
  3. Lin, M-F. G., Sajjapanroj, S., & Bonk, C. (2009) Wikibooks and Wikibookians: Loosely-Coupled Community or the Future of the Textbook Industry? In C. Fulford & G. Siemens (Eds.) Ed-Media 2009, June 22-26, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA, AACE, 3689-3697
  4. Couros, A. (2008) The Networked Teacher – Update (diagram) . Retrieved December 12, 2009 from

Deanz 2010:Introduction. (2018). In virtualMV's ( Michael Verhaart ) wiki. Retrieved November 14, 2018, from    (zotero)