The Wiki Experience

Written on February 10, 2009 by uwe.spangler@ie.edu in General

Professor Vanina Farber uses a wiki in the Economic Environment class

Let´s refer to the most well known encyclopedia: Wikipedia: “A wiki is a page or collection of Web pages designed to enable anyone who accesses it to contribute or modify content, using a simplified markup language. Wikis are often used to create collaborative websites and to power community websites. “Wiki” is a Hawaiian word for “fast””Wiki Wiki” is a reduplication.”

This approach is used by Vanina Farber in her class “Economic Environment and Country Analysis” for the International Executive MBA Online. The various work groups had to collaborate with each other, writing and discussing different economic issues about the following 5 countries:Imagen Thumbnail para wiki2.jpg






This was the first time students and a professor have used this collaborative approach to learn from one another. The groups had to edit their own articles and post them on the learning management system. They could also coedit and add new material to the articles of the other groups. In comparison to the more traditional method of writing a report and sending it to only the professor, this approach is much more interactive and socially valuable for both students and professor, as Vanina mentioned::” The basic idea is to build a collaborative workspace to analyze different countries. The material is updated every session with the new material covered in class. Is the perfect tool for collaborative work and asynchronous communication. At the end of the course the students will have a country report as a deliverable of the course where all the concepts learned in class are applied. “

Students enjoyed the new learning experience and learned from each other as it was the first time such a system was implemented in the virtual classroom.

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