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Educational uses of wikis

Educational Uses of Wikis


  • Learners can use wikis for personal knowledge-bases
  • Small groups collaborating on a single project can use the wiki to organize materials, write papers, and present final projects
  • Learners in distance learning or blended courses can use wikis as a place to organize course materials, add course reflections, and collaborate on projects
  • Groups of learners from different schools can use the wiki as a place to organize materials and collaborate on projects


Perpetually updated lists

  • glossary
  • list of common errors
  • FAQ
  • hotlist
  • annotated bibliography

Spaces for exchange of ideas

  • virtual group study rooms
  • a space for meta-cognitive reflection
  • informal bulletin boards
  • spaces for brainstorming and planning

Spaces for Group Projects

  • class magazines
  • collaborative stories
  • consensus documents
  • research projects
  • WikiQuests

(see WebQuest Taskonomy: A Taxonomy of Tasks (external link) and WebQuest Design Patterns (external link))

Catalogues of Activities that can be carried out with wikis:

A Catalog of CoWeb Uses (external link)

TECFA Seed Catalog (external link) mentions the following Design Patterns for EduWikis (external link)

  • Micropedia: A tiny, focused version of Wikipedia
Participants contribute entries and elaborate on the entries of others

  • FAQ: Like a micropedia but organized around questions and answers
Participants generate both questions and answers

  • Consensus Document: Collaborative creation of a document that reflects agreement by parties that began with widely differing points of view and goals
Participants generate draft positions, read drafts of others, and then serially edit final document

  • Branching Story: Begins with a description of a setting followed by internal links based on action choices the reader can make
Learners generate pages from a story starter

  • Ant Farm: A simulation of a selected time and place with multiple actors
Participants carry a set of choices and consequences through for a single actor while coordinating with other participants working with other actors

  • Exegesis: A dissection of a single, dense text
Participants pick a phrase and create an internal link from it to a page which explains and elaborates on the phrase

Students can also add or edit entries to a pre-existing wiki like Wikipedia (external link) or Wikitravel (external link)

Next: Some Examples of Educational Wikis...

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