Students project management wiki

Students project management wiki

Last modified by Leonard Wallentin on 2012/10/04 11:10
Title of the scenario Students project management wiki
Brief introduction When doing group projects, the student groups get one wiki (at a wiki farm), or portal (at a local wiki) each, to use for projects management, collaborative research, collaborative writing, and eventually presentation. This use case was presented by Håkan Elderstig at Stockholms Tekniska gymnasium (a polytechnical upper secondary school).
Keywords describing the topic of the scenario project management, teamwork, collaboration, learning scenarios

Application in educational context

Has this learning scenario already been practiced in lessons? Give examples of the learning scenario in use:

  • Add a reference link. It could be a reference to the performed lesson or a an evaluation of the performed lesson
  • Name of school or institution? 
  • Number of students?
  • Relevant contact persons
Example of a project wiki (Swedish): this project the students try to develop a smartphone app through which a consumer buying clothes can get information about where and by whom the colthes were manufactured, and are also offered to donate money to charities in that area.

Small groups of students
Håkan Elderstig, Stockholms Tekniska gymnasium
Targeted educational sector:
  1. primary and secondary education
  2. higher education
  3. professional training
  4. adult training
secondary education 
Learners' special characteristics e.g. students:
  • who are deaf
  • from rural areas
  • detached from the labor market 
  • with exquisite digital skills

Learning subject/ field e.g.
  • Wikipedia
  • English
  • Physics
 Anything, really
Specific educational objectives e.g. make students acquire:
  • writing skills
  • basic knowledge on Roman toponyms and the Celtic culture
  • source criticism
  • cooperation skills
 Cooperation skills
Narrative/sequential description of the learning activities (Important! Could be a longer text)The group will use the wiki for
 - describing their project
 - collecting reasearch
 - briefing each others on what has been done, and what is still left to do
 - presenting the result of their work

The teacher will follow the development of the project through the wiki, and give feedback on discussion pages. The teacher can relatively easily catch up on what has been going on by browsing the the wiki's history.
Learning resources involved e.g.
  • books
  • online resource like wiki site to acquire knowledge from, e.g.
    • Wikipedia
    • Wikimedia Commons 
    • Ekopedia  
    • JurisPedia
  • search engines

Wiki application to create content (not to confuse with "Learning resources involved") Which wiki software do the students use to create content, that is, writing and collaborating? Wiki software could for example mean:
  • Stand-alone wiki application like:
    • MediaWiki (which is used for Wikimedia projects like Wikipedia, Wiktionary etc)
    • DokuWiki
    • FosWiki
    • XWiki
  • Wikifarm application like:
    • Wikispaces
    • PBWorks
    • Wikidot
    • Referata
    • Wikia

Clarification: wiki application versus wiki online learning resource 

You can use Wikipedia both as a learning resource to aquire knowledge from, but also as a working tool where you do your assignment (if students have user accounts on Wikipedia and the assignment for example is to improve articles on Wikipedia). Then Wikipedia is the learning resource and MediaWiki (which Wikipedia is built upon) is used as a wiki application to create content.

Another option is to use Wikipedia as a learning resource but for example Wikispaces as a working tool for the class where they report their findings about Wikipedia. Then Wikipedia is the learning resource and Wikispaces is used as a wiki application to create content.


Local, moderately skinned MediaWiki installation


Other ICT applications involved e.g. standard computing programs like
  • spreadsheets
  • graphics software
Infrastructure / equipment e.g.
  • Internet connection
  • microphone
  • camera
Prerequisite competences e.g. to be familiar with
  • English writing
  • linear algebra
Evaluation approach e.g.
  • peer-to-peer assessment
  • test (teacher evaluate) 
  • revision tracking
  • group assessment
group assessment
Typical learning time e.g.
  • How many sessions? 
  • How long sessions? 
Temporal mode "Synchronous interaction" and / or "Asynchronous interaction"  
Typical learning location e.g.
  • Classroom with computers
  • Classroom without computers
  • Outside the classroom. Where?
  • At home
Classroom with computers, computer rooms, at home
Opportunities identified during the implementation of the scenario 
Obstacles identified during the implementation of the scenario  
Other aspects to consider  


Created by Leonard Wallentin on 2012/10/04 10:33

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