Wikis enable students to create content (a collection of webpages) in your topic, thus giving them control over their learning. The wiki can also become a legacy/resource for future topics, which validates the activity and makes it authentic (product-focused).
Wikis are also suitable for self-reflection on an individual basis. You can monitor the student's learning through a self-reflective wiki.
A wiki can be collaborative (everyone in the group can edit it) or individual (separate wiki for every user) where everyone has their own wiki which only they can edit.
A history of previous versions of each page in the wiki is kept, listing the edits made by each participant.
Good practice guides and tip sheets
Good practice guides and tip sheets have been developed to support quality in both curriculum design and teaching practice. Good practice guides provide a pedagogical overview and tip sheets provide you with practical strategies and ideas for implementation.
Links to wiki-related resources are provided below.
Consider what you are trying to do and which wiki type will be the best fit (Single wiki for topic, One wiki per group, Separate wiki for every user). Depending on the wiki settings, design purpose and learning outcomes (which could include digital
literacy and graduate qualities), you could use them for:
group lecture notes or study guides (Single wiki for topic)
students to collaboratively author an online book, creating content on a subject set by the teacher (One wiki per group)
personal journals, individual study plans, self-reflection (Separate wiki for every user)
Choose what type of wiki is suitable and set it up. The following instructions are in separate entries (Create a wiki and
Create wiki pages and/or a template) or you can link to the individual instructions here.
Once you have finish setting up the wiki, ask your local eLearning support team to check it for you (especially if this is the first time you have set up this activity)
You can see what a wiki user has done (eg how they have contributed, if a group wiki) using the History tab. You can also annotate the wiki using the Annotate tab.
Mark a group or individual wiki in FLO
In the wiki, click the Participation by user link (top-right corner)
Use the Grades dropdown menus to assign a grade to each student
Click Save grades
How did your wiki activity go? What was the student feedback? Would you set up the activity differently next time? Talk to colleagues and/or your local eLearning support team to
get ideas for improvement.