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The best way of using wiki in education.

Why use wiki in education?

  1. The students learn to treat their subjects in a more objective way.
  2. The students are allowed to immerse themselves in the subject or part og the subject.
  3. Their work is read and respected by many people.
  4. The students contribute to spreading valuable knowledge.
  5. And there are no costs connected to this work.

What is needed from the students?

  1. Basic knowledge in handling a computer.
  2. Basic level of desire to publish.
  3. Understanding and acceptance of wiki writing eventually as a collective enterprise.
  4. The articles written by each student should be listed as links on each individual user page.

What is needed from the teacher?

  1. The teacher should have satisfactory wiki experience.
  2. The teacher should at any time have a clear overview of all the articles under work.
  3. The teacher should have satisfactory knowledge in the subjects in the articles the students are working on, or have necessary expertise at hand.
  4. The articles should not be entered in the article room until the approval of the teacher.
  5. The teacher should be the professional guarantee for the quality of the articles.

How do I start?

  1. Every student should register. The e-mail address, name and nickname should be fully known to the teacher.
  2. Every student should be given their ovn user page and draft page.
  3. They should be taught how to start editing and writing articles..
  4. The teacher should make no entries in the student’s articles, even in their draft pages.
  5. All corrections should be conveyed to students via e-mail for the students to accept and enter the correcions.
  6. The teacher should, if needed, provide a structure for each article, to help the students towards a systematical approach.
  7. Each article in the project should be tagged so it all articles easily should be identified.
  8. It is of outmost importance to emphasize that the bottom line is only to use written sources.
  9. The articles should be closed to non registered users.

What are the main obstacles?

  1. Lisencing pictures seems complicated to many. The subject should be given consideration.
  2. Uploading pictures seems also to be a major hindrance to many. The students should practice repeated times under the surveillance of the teacher.
  3. Inserting pictures needs also to be demonstrated and practiced .
  4. Formatting the articles, understanding the formatting buttons and making internal and external links and references should be thoroughly instructed.

What are the experiences so far?

  1. It takes a lot of time to get the students moving, so an early preparation and start is of vital importance.
  2. The writing process seems to sharpen the students attention to what is important and what is not, sharpen their senses for what is reliable sources and a drive to check sources – and they learn about licensing and to respect it.
  3. It seems that the structured, unpersonal, factual, encyclopedic approach is a great help to lesser brilliant students to write very good articles.
  4. The students seems to develop an ownership during the work which in then causes a sense of pride and a feeling of being an innsider of the subject: ”We and them”. This has an very posistive general effect of their attitude to the subject.