Wiki Lore and Politics in the Classroom by two English teachers.
Using Wikis in the Classroom from Hamline University
For example, …a Rhetoric and Composition Wikibook (Barton, 2006) that share different aspects of learning to write in college: the composing process, writing different types of writing, editing, writing in different disciplinary areas, etc. These students were motivated to share their experiences with first-year college writing courses because they knew that future students would benefit from insights on how to grapple with the challenges of learning to write in college. And, given the challenge of college students deciding on courses to take, students at Brown University created a wiki for providing reviews of different course in a school or college, as did (caw.wikispaces.com).
To help students adopt a critical stance related to considering what or how to revise a wiki, you may model question-asking responses to a wiki text to determine necessary revisions:
– â€œWhat is the text trying to say or do?â€
– â€œWho is the intended audience?â€
– â€œWhat descriptions or concepts that are not clear?â€
– â€œWhat revisions would serve to clarify these descriptions or concepts?â€
– â€œWhat points are being made and is their sufficient evidence or support for those points?â€
– â€œWhat additional information is needed to provide needed evidence or support?â€
How Do I Set Up A Wiki For My Classroom?
How can you set up a wiki for your classroom? There are a lot of different wiki hosting sites available for you use (@ = Wiki hosting). Tim Stahmer (2006) describes three different options for setting up wikis that range from free, uncomplicated to more commercial, complicated options:
Free â€œwiki farms.â€ The first option consists of what are described as free wiki hosting sites or â€œwiki farmsâ€ that are easy to set up, although they may have advertising and have limited features, sites such as Wikicities (www.wikicities.com), WikiSpaces (www.wikispaces.com), PBWiki (http://pbwiki.com), JotSpot (jot.com), UseMod (http://www.usemod.com/cgi-bin/wiki.pl), or WritingWiki, Wikispaces, Seekwiki, Project Forum (projectforum.com/pf/), EditMe, TikiWiki, (tikiwiki.org/), PMWiki.org, or WetPaint.
One of the most popular of these options is PBWiki given its ease of use, one reason we selected it to use for this bookâ€™s resource site.
Students could also reflect on the often-challenging process of engaging in collaborative work. Ferris & Wilder (2006) suggest some questions related to issues of ownership and authorship tied to traditional print based texts:
*How does it feel to have the part(s) of the story you worked on changed?
*Who “owns” the story?
*How do you make changes while respecting the efforts of your co-authors?
*How do you justify the changes you want over the changes your co-authors want?
*How do you negotiate final changes and/or disputes over how the story should be changed?
Rhetoric and Composition Wikibook could easily be used as a textbook if the class had access to computers immediately. And they could edit it as they went along, finding ideas that worked well and others that didn’t.
I edited it while I was looking at it. I thought I could add something useful to the discussion.