Wikis and Social Constructivism: “Learning is best when learners collaborate to create…”

July 6, 2009 at 9:24 am 1 comment

I wanted to share an article with you, that is short, meaningful and useful, on how wikis not only provide the benefits of knowledge sharing but also assists learners learn: Practical Applications of Research: Wikis for learning – what to expect by Dr. Irene Boland

From Dr. Boland’s research the key learning benefits of wikis appear to me to be:

  • Receive immediate feedback from others
  • Curiosity about how others are responding to, or modifying, their work causes learners to return to the wiki and refresh their memory regularly.
  • Learners can chart their own course for learning based on their interests.
  • Learn by reading other’s postings even if the leaner does not post.
  • Develop their own methods of classifying content in ways that make sense to them, rather than using existing systems of classification.
  • Help their peers find relevant content by assigning tags or keywords to pages



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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. Stefanie  |  July 16, 2009 at 4:38 pm

    you might find this interesting as well…

    Diana Laurillard: The Conversational Framework – an approach to Evaluating e-Assessment Patterns in Terms of Learning Theory


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