Teaching teachers to understand wiki culture

Teaching teachers to understand wiki culture

Last modified by Leonard Wallentin on 2012/10/04 11:39
Title of the scenario Collection of curriculums
Brief introduction When teaching teachers about collaborative online communities, let them build their own wiki first, to develop their understanding for the underlying mechanisms.
Keywords describing the topic of the scenariosocial web, teachers, collaboration

Application in educational context

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

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  • Name of school or institution? 
  • Number of students?
  • Relevant contact persons


This approach has been used by Mathias Anbäcken (Västerås folk high school), when learning teachers to use public wiki.
Targeted educational sector:
  1. primary and secondary education
  2. higher education
  3. professional training
  4. adult training
teachers in any educational sector
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
Online culture, social media
Specific educational objectives e.g. make students acquire:
  • writing skills
  • basic knowledge on Roman toponyms and the Celtic culture
  • source criticism
  • cooperation skills
Community management
Understanding of communnity culture in collaborative environments
Narrative/sequential description of the learning activities (Important! Could be a longer text)At the start of the course, each participant gets assigned a field to do research in (e.g. ”Facebook”, ”Google Docs”, ”Wikimedia Commons”, ...). The participants use the wiki to present their findings. Half the work is thus learning to use and behave in the wiki environment.
The next day participants get to take their new found wiki skills outside the local wiki, by trying their hand at public wikis, such as Wikipedia. They now have the basic skills required to be able to analyze what is happening to their contributions there.
Learning resources involved e.g.
  • books
  • online resource like wiki site to acquire knowledge from, e.g.
    • Wikipedia
    • Wikimedia Commons 
    • Ekopedia  
    • JurisPedia
  • search engines
Every thinkable online community
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.




Other ICT applications involved e.g. standard computing programs like
  • spreadsheets
  • graphics software
Infrastructure / equipment e.g.
  • Internet connection
  • microphone
  • camera
 Internet connection
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

Typical learning time e.g.
  • How many sessions? 
  • How long sessions? 
 two days
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
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 11:21

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