Proposal Abstract

Many instructors now assign homework to be done on wikis. Wikis are a good collaborative space, but assessment is a problem. Students tend to write more on a wiki than when they are working on another shared document; they can modify pages created by other students, and the content can be continually revised. Several approaches to assessment will be described, including instructor assessment, peer assessment, and self-assessment. The effectiveness of these strategies will be compared, using data from 10 courses at our institution that used wikis in 2007–08. Questions such as the following will be answered: How much do students feel that collaboration is enhanced by writing on a wiki? What kind of assignments, and what kind of feedback best enhances critical thinking? What factors influence students' perceptions of the feedback they receive? This session should provide ideas on how to use wikis effectively in your classes.

Location

Room 2904

Publication Type and Release Option

Presentation (Open Access)

 
Mar 11th, 9:00 AM Mar 11th, 9:45 AM

Comparing Approaches to Wiki Assessment

Room 2904

Many instructors now assign homework to be done on wikis. Wikis are a good collaborative space, but assessment is a problem. Students tend to write more on a wiki than when they are working on another shared document; they can modify pages created by other students, and the content can be continually revised. Several approaches to assessment will be described, including instructor assessment, peer assessment, and self-assessment. The effectiveness of these strategies will be compared, using data from 10 courses at our institution that used wikis in 2007–08. Questions such as the following will be answered: How much do students feel that collaboration is enhanced by writing on a wiki? What kind of assignments, and what kind of feedback best enhances critical thinking? What factors influence students' perceptions of the feedback they receive? This session should provide ideas on how to use wikis effectively in your classes.