Investigating the Synergistic Effects of Integrating a Learning Management System and Free Wikis in Teacher Education Courses

By Yiu Chi Lai and Tak Wah Wong.

Published by The International Journal of Technologies in Learning

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Learning Management Systems (LMSs) allow teachers to manage learning activities efficiently and effectively. Teachers can use an LMS to upload course materials, organize online discussions, share files, and collect assignments online. In 2002, the Hong Kong Institute of Education, the largest teacher education provider in Hong Kong, started to employ the popular Blackboard online learning platform. The Institute attempted various ways to explore the delivery of traditional academic courses via this online learning platform. The primary aim of using Blackboard is to provide in-service teachers with a new way to facilitate their learning. In addition to LMSs, we are aware that our students are able to collaborate, create, and share new information on the Web through various Web 2.0 tools (such as social bookmarking systems, blogs, wikis, social networks, video sharing platforms, etc.). However, how can these Web 2.0 tools be used alongside LMSs to facilitate the implementation of e-learning in teacher education courses? This study aims to investigate the synergistic effects of integrating LMSs and free wikis in teacher education courses. First, we discuss the pros and cons of using LMS and wiki-based learning activities from a user’s perspective. Secondly, we discuss the approach for building our own learning model that integrates both online tools in course delivery.

Keywords: Learning Management System(s), LMS(s), Web 2.0, Wikis

International Journal of Technologies in Learning, Volume 19, Issue 2, pp.37-50. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 3.254MB).

Dr. Yiu Chi Lai

Assistant Professor, Department of Mathematics and Information Technology, The Hong Kong Institute of Education, Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Dr. Yiu Chi LAI is an Assistant Professor of the Department of Mathematics and Information Technology. Dr. Lai has extensive teaching experience in Computer subjects and Mathematics. His current teaching and research areas include Curriculum and Teaching Methods of IT subjects, IT in Education, and Assessment for Learning. He is active in educational research and curricular resources development. His publications include school textbooks, workbooks, monographs, journal articles, conference papers, training booklets, newspaper articles, CD-Roms, computer software, and learning websites.

Dr. Tak Wah Wong

Assistant Professor, Department of Mathematics and Information Technology, The Hong Kong Institute of Education, Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Dr. Tak Wah Wong obtained his Doctoral Degree at University of Leicester. He is now teaching in the Department of Mathematics and Information Technology of the Hong Kong Institute of Education (HKIEd) as an assistant professor. Before joining HKIEd, he had been teaching as a Lecturer at Sir Robert Black College of Education, as an Assistant Master at Special Education Section of Hong Kong Education Department, as a Graduate Master at Hong Kong and Australia high schools, as a tutor at Hong Kong Open University (OLI ). Dr. Wong is very active in educational activities, publications and research. He had actively participated in the project “Hong Kong Mathematics Olympiad” for more than ten years, he is now the Vice Chairman of the National Hua Luo- geng Cup Mathematics Competition Hong Kong Committee. He has also performed as a co-author in many mathematics reference books and textbooks such as “Calculus and Statistics”, “Algebra and Calculus”, “ New Century Mathematics S1–S3”, “Maths & You”. In addition, Dr. Wong has published and presented many mathematics education papers at internationally refereed journals and conferences.