The Internet in the ClassroomInternet Integration Research
Assignment #2The use of Wikis as an instructional tool
One of the main arguments being posited by modern researchers in the field education is that theuse technology is critical in the teaching and learning. (Matthew, Felvegi & Callaway 2009)Wiki is one tool that has been identified as a major vessel that develops students learning throughcollaboration. Wikis are collaborative Web-based environments that allow multiple users toeasily and quickly contribute content. They are dynamic, constantly changing Web pages wherereaders become authors and editors. In a case study conducted by Matthew et al. (2009), thefindings revealed that the students were not only concerned with grades but enjoyed thecollaboration they experienced. They saw the wiki as a tool that that benefited them all.Wheeler, Yeomans & Wheeler (2008)
recorded that the wiki was a good tool forcollaboration. The results of the study also showed that after the initial problems of familiarizingthemselves with the tools, students learned to delegate responsibilities, worked more often athome and said it helped them develop critical skills.In the examination of the wiki as a collaborative tool, Aharony (2008) and Hughes & Narayan(2009) also support the argument that the wiki was a great tool to be used for teaching. In theirstudy of the use of wiki, Moskaliuk, Kimmerle & Cress (2010) concluded that through thecollaborative process there was evidence for the two different processes of knowledge building;l:
assimilative knowledge building
contribution of new information without (re)organizing orconnecting information
accommodative knowledge building
understood as rebuilding orrestructuring existing content to make new information compatible, or connecting differentpieces of information.