Transforming Learning by Creating Wiki Projects

By Eugenia M. W. Ng.

Published by The International Journal of Technologies in Learning

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The aim of the current study was to explore if student teachers were able to transform learning by engaging in project work using a wiki. Twenty-nine students formed 8 groups to do a project on any topic related to the social and ethical issues of using information technology. They were given a timeline and assessment rubric for the project. Data were collected from multiple sources: the contents of the created wiki group pages, the access logs gathered by the wiki site, and the students’ reflections. Students were very engaged in the project work; they systematically published a variety of relevant multimedia resources. Each student teacher also provided constructive comments to 2 groups as a form of formative assessment. By evaluating their peers’ work, student teachers not only learned the content and design of others’ project work, but were also able to improve their own. Student teachers were given 1 week to improve their project and were then required as a group to evaluate the same groups as before using the assessment rubric given by the educator. The average score that groups received ranged from 2.63 to 3.25, with 4 serving as the maximum mark. These scores suggest that the students were able to produce quality work. Their reflections also indicated that they enjoyed independently learning the subject matter when creating the learning materials. In sum, using a wiki for project work motivates students to not only explore various resources, but also adopt different technical features of wikis in order to ensure that learning materials are presentable.

Keywords: Assessment Rubrics, Learner-centered Learning, Project Work, Student Teacher, Wiki

International Journal of Technologies in Learning, Volume 19, Issue 1, pp.57-68. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 2.855MB).

Dr. Eugenia M. W. Ng

Associate Professor, MIT Department, Hong Kong Institute of Education, Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Eugenia M. W. Ng is an Associate Professor of Department of Mathematics and Information Technology at the Hong Kong Institute of Education. She has been a research investigator of various internal and external funded projects. She has had over eighty articles published in conference proceedings, journals, newspapers and as book chapters. She is the editor of the book entitled “Comparative blended learning practices and environments” and “Dynamic Advancements in Teaching and Learning Based Technologies: New Concepts” and a member of the editorial board of a number of international referred journals.