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Using Many Wikis for Collaborative Writing

, , United Nations University, Japan

EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Orlando, FL USA ISBN 978-1-880094-60-0 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC


A typical Wiki environment allows any user to create or edit any page on the site. Wiki fosters a culture of shared authorship that is predicated on anonymity. While the combination of anonymity and unrestricted access can make exchange of ideas easy, it is not always conducive to effective collaboration, especially when the participants do not know each other. We argue that collaboration between strangers would benefit from having a private space. Such an environment can facilitate independent thinking and clear understanding of the state of mind of each team member, which are essential to high quality outputs. We present in this paper the results of our collaborative essay writing experiment, using our own customized Wiki environment. The experiment drew on the participation of a closed work group of 20 people that never met each other or had any contact with each other prior to the study.


Chong, N. & Yamamoto, M. (2006). Using Many Wikis for Collaborative Writing. In E. Pearson & P. Bohman (Eds.), Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2006--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (pp. 2188-2191). Orlando, FL USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved August 15, 2020 from .



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