The Challenges and Successes of Wikibookian Experts and Want-To-Bees
Suthiporn Sajjapanroj, Curtis J. Bonk, Indiana University, United States ; Mimi Lee, Grace Lin, University of Houston, United States
E-Learn: World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education, in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-60-0 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), San Diego, CA
Wikis are purposefully created to provide an open environment to users who want to share ideas and virtually collaborate on their work. One emerging Wiki technology, the Wikibook, is an interesting phenomenon finding its way into various educational settings. To understand how Wikibooks are being used in education, a two-part study was created. The first part was a Wikibook class project, which was generated for graduate students among three classrooms in three locations, including two universities in Indiana and one in Texas. The second part was the study of previously completed Wikibooks at the site http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Main_Page. The result of this exploration into the challenges, successes, and failures of various Wikibook projects revealed that Wikibook novices or Want-To-Bees were struggling in utilizing the Wikibook, whereas the expert Wikibookians were highly successful. In fact, data from previously successful Wikibookian experts provides knowledge and experiences that could lead to the next generation of Wikibook technology and associated pedagogy.
Sajjapanroj, S., Bonk, C.J., Lee, M. & Lin, G. (2006). The Challenges and Successes of Wikibookian Experts and Want-To-Bees. In T. Reeves & S. Yamashita (Eds.), Proceedings of E-Learn 2006--World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education (pp. 2329-2333). Honolulu, Hawaii, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
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