Ouch, trying to cover a full day’s EDUCAUSE ELI activity in one blog and I made a glaring omission. Steve and his students Liz and Dean did a 5 star presentation on using wikis to empower student learning — I think EDUCAUSE needs to encourage much, much more of having students participate or lead in doing these sessions. It changes the whole dynamic to hear the student perspective first-hand, and having spent some time with both of these students during evening outings, I’m impressed with what they have to say and what they do.
These economics students engaged in a semester long communication exchange using wikis, and in a self-organizing, open approach. The presentation was also constructed in a wiki collaboratively between Steve and his two students, and Liz and Dean constructed their own analysis of the experience. Sections include:
* Most learning occurs where?
* How Have Instructors Traditionally Structured Out of Class Learning?
* None of us knows more than all of us
* What are wikis supposed to be good at?
* How well did our wiki do these things?
* How could it have been improved?
Under the radar, the URl of the wiki used for this project underlies the interesting story where motivated faculty and staff at the University of Mary Washington or doing experimental technology development by hosting blogs, wikis, and other 2.0ware on external web hosts. I’m intrigued by this, is it a movement? It’s not really a “bad” thing as more often than not, there are not institutional support for sandbox-ing.
Another ELI ultra-highlight, keep on sand-boxing it at UMW!