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Wiki Use that Increases Communication and Collaboration Motivation

Journal of Learning Design Volume 5, Number 2, ISSN 1832-8342


Communication and collaboration can be readily enabled by the use of many ICT tools. A wiki, which is an easily accessible and editable website, is one such platform that provides the opportunity for students to work on group projects without the barriers that arise from traditional group work. Whilst wiki use is becoming more common, its use in education is patchy and pedagogical reasoning and evaluation of such use is under explored. This paper addresses the gap in pedagogy and evaluation in the context of accounting studies. A traditional assessment task of writing an essay that involved a research and knowledge component was redesigned to enable groups to communicate and collaborate at a distance using a wiki. Through participant observation and student reflections of the group project, a wiki was found to be an effective platform to communicate and collaborate on a group project and enabled different barriers to be broken down. Wikis provide ubiquitous access to group work, organisation and version control, levels the playing field for dominant and shy students, and provides transparency for non-performers and high achievers. (Contains 1 footnote.)


Davidson, R. (2012). Wiki Use that Increases Communication and Collaboration Motivation. Journal of Learning Design, 5(2), 38-49. Retrieved July 3, 2020 from .

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