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Title: Mashing-up wikis and forums: a case study of collaborative problem-based activity
Authors: Stylianou-Georgiou, Agni 
Ioannou, Andri 
Keywords: Wikis(Computer science);Online social networks--Computer programs
Category: Media and Communications
Field: Social Sciences
Issue Date: 2012
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Source: Educational media international, 2012, Volume 49, Issue 4, Pages 303-316
Abstract: A lot of studies have investigated the isolated use of threaded discussion and wiki technologies to facilitate collaboration in online learning settings. Nevertheless, the integration of both technologies into a potentially superior collaborative learning tool has not been explicitly investigated. This manuscript reports on an effort to undertake the merging and cooperation of wiki and threaded discussion technologies into a more sophisticated technology that better supports collaboration during problem-based activity in computer supported collaborative learning (CSCL) settings. Two customized collaboration technologies were investigated for their affordances to support students' cognitive processes and interactions during the construction of a group solution to an authentic problem. We found that one technology - WikiSplit - was particularly successful in promoting diversity of ideas (forum mode) while allowing learners to periodically update a group-owned document with syntheses of their emerging and shared understandings (wiki mode). We discuss how the integrated use of both a forum and a wiki, packaged together as one tool, can support and mediate desirable CSCL interactions during problem-based activity
ISSN: 09523987
DOI: 10.1080/09523987.2012.741201
Rights: ©2012 International Council for Educational Media
Type: Article
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