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Re: [seul-edu] wikis in education (was: SEUL/edu wiki test)
> The use I'm investigating for a wiki isn't to
> use one directly in education, but to use one
> for the collaborative work that
> SEUL/edu does, or could do. As such, this isn't
> so much about programmed learning
> outcomes as it is about joint creativity.
> These are two very different goals, I
> think. It looks to me as though a wiki could be
> very useful for the latter; I
> haven't thought too much about the former
> (although I'm very sure Bruno has).
I was thinking mainly of collaborations also.
Some thoughts on E-mail and wiki dynamics.
I think of the mailing list as a place to
_collect_, _identify_, and _discuss_ topics
of interest, while a wiki is a place to
*organize* the information so that it is
more useful and accessible to everyone.
I was also thinking of a simple way to allow
individuals on the mailing list to automatically
take charge for organizing information about a
topic they are interested in, especially in a way
that is meaningful to them. When you have two or
more people organizing information about a topic,
well, then you have a collaboration (or at
least a lively discussion!)
I was worried that having a wiki for SEUL
might interfere with the dynamics with the mailing
list. Doug has voiced similar concerns. Having
thought about it a little more I think the wiki
might actually stimulate more posts to the mailing
list: for the same reason that going back and
reading old threads reminds you of things and
brings up new ideas and new questions.
Some other thoughts on how to use a wiki
Would it also be possible to use some wiki pages
as "virtual booths" at a kind of ongoing SEUL
For instance, high schools that are using Linux in some
way could have a page to post a link to their home pages
and give a brief introduction to how they are using Linux.
Individuals like Gunnar and Manuel who have educational
projects could have a page where they post a link to their
sites and give a brief description of what their project
is about. Each person would be responsible for keeping the
wiki page maintained.
An acceptable use policy would have to be formulated.
I don't think you would want banner ads floating
around in the wiki, for instance.
Cochise College, Sierra Vista, AZ, US