Working with Wikis: Collaboration, Authorship and Assessment in Higher Education

ID: 32305 Type: Full Paper
  1. Celia Thompson and Matthew Absalom, University of Melbourne, Australia

Wednesday, March 30 2:45 PM-3:05 PM Location: Grand 2

Presider: David Deeds, Yew Wah International Education School, China

Abstract: Since the advent of Web 2.0 in higher education, notions of collaboration and authorship have begun to change as educators have become more experienced in the use of social web technologies for teaching. This paper reports on the use of wikis in a first year Italian Language and Culture subject offered in Semester 1, 2010, at a major Australian University. These wikis involved collaboration between university and secondary school students of Italian. Our findings highlight the multi-voiced and collaborative nature of authorship afforded by wikis, and the need to ensure that assessment protocols consist of both formative and summative components.


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