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Preparing Students to Use Wiki Software as a Collaborative Learning Tool


CALICO Journal Volume 30, Number 2, ISSN 0742-7778


In this paper we outline an approach to learner preparation that provides a framework to effectively structure a collaborative and cooperative student research assignment using a wiki site as a writing platform. While students are familiar with posting pictures and videos online, they may not be aware of how to effectively integrate text and visual information to present their research in the online wiki format. Likewise, collaborative writing for an audience requires an understanding of authorship, how to productively collaborate on composing, revising, and editing, and how to interact synchronously and asynchronously through online means to provide feedback. The framework we provide outlines how to scaffold wiki-based assignments to ensure an optimal language and culture learning experience. We developed this framework based on our reflections on the implementation of scaffolding procedures and a comprehensive review of the relevant research literature. The individual components of a wiki research project for intermediate language learners, selected grading rubrics, and a survey tool to assess student perception are provided. (Contains 2 figures.)


Rott, S. & Weber, E.D. (2013). Preparing Students to Use Wiki Software as a Collaborative Learning Tool. CALICO Journal, 30(2), 179-203. Retrieved February 25, 2021 from .

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