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LMS Wikis: Unharnessed Potential

Upside Learning

The Wiki is one of the most under-utilized and underestimated feature of an LMS. That’s because, most of us haven’t gotten around to realizing what the Wiki is capable of, and hence the potential of the Wiki feature is unharnessed. This post is an endeavor to explore the various uses of the LMS Wiki. What’s so great about wikis anyway?

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The Division of Wiki Labor: Wikis in the Working World

Social Learning

The problem with this, though, is that while it provides your employees with the training they need at that particular moment , it doesn’t make them experts the way teaching the material would. A better option, and one that is being increasingly adopted in the higher education sphere, is a combination of outside training with a user-dir ected wiki template.

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How to Make Wikis Part of Your Training Program


With the Encyclopedia Britannica abandoning its 244-year-old printed version in response to the dominance of Wikipedia, and Britain’s education minister calling for a “wiki approach” to designing the curriculum for schools, wikis deserve a role in employee training and learning. The case for wikis. Promote a culture of friendly collaboration in the wiki.

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How to revamp your learning model

E-Learning Provocateur

In a practical sense, that means we need to provide our learners with tools and resources that they can use to drive their own development. Core component #1: Wiki. The primary component of my ILE is a comprehensive wiki. A wiki can contain – or point to – all manner of media, such as text, graphics, documents and multimedia. In my articles Online courses must die!

Tools of the trade

Learning with e's

This will work provided the user subscribes to a requisite number of other relevant user accounts, and can share their ideas and converse freely. blog wiki RSS personal learning Twitter PLN Joyce SeitzingerI was quite impressed by Joyce Seitzinger's Professional Learning Environment (PLN) model that she presented at Deakin University in Melbourne this week. Unported License.

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Dissertation Wiki

Tony Karrer

She also made one comment that was very interesting: To the consternation of my rather conservative university, I am submitting the dissertation in the form of a wiki (although - strictly speaking - is it really a wiki if I don't open it up to the community to co-author, which of course I can't do in this instance). First, I can't imagine trying to do a dissertation wiki. So, if they provide comments via the Wiki doesn't that make a lot of sense. In fact, wouldn't it be safer to have it as a Wiki where you could see what each person did? But that aside.

The survival of higher education (3): The Social Web

Learning with e's

One of the most popular activities on our wiki based learning programmes was called ‘goldmining’. These were posted up onto the group wiki, and a short summary attached by the ‘gold miner’ to explain what it contained and why it would be useful. The biggest problem they identified was a lack of time, and most agreed that the wiki activities actually made more work for them.

The survival of higher education (2): Changing times

Learning with e's

I will attempt to contextualise these changes at the level of both organisation and individual, to provide a picture of how universities and teachers might manage their business in the coming decade. and provide some examples of current pedagogical practice using the Social Web. One of the most popular and easy to use tools in the wiki – a shared website which anyone can edit.

Blog or Wiki?

Kapp Notes

I want to create either a Wiki or Blog to share training tips. Do you have any suggestions on the best method (Wiki or Blog) and what product? To me, the scenario that you described would be best served with a wiki. The wiki allows for multiple people to share tips and to all contribute their discoveries and ideas in a single location. I suggest you set up contribution "standards" so everyone understands the best method for contributing to the wiki. Include examples and start the wiki so people don't come to the wiki and see a blank page.

Wikis for Improving Productivity

Experiencing eLearning

Significant increases in productivity with a wiki. We use the wiki for our team, but I wonder what we can do to be more effective with it, as well as how we can help other departments in the company. Use templates on the wiki to make it easier to structure pages so people can be familiar with it. Document Repository: Use wiki to hold templates and documents. Security: They have passwords visible on the wiki, but that’s OK b/c the security of the wiki is OK–must log in to view the confidential content. Getting People to Use the Wiki.

Wiki Course Authoring

Tony Karrer

In my Ten Predictions for eLearning for 2008 , I said - Wiki + SCORM + Add-ins will become more common for easy authoring. Not sure if he saw my post, but I was just reminded by Tim Seager from Xerceo about their Prescribe tool that provides: Full Wiki, RSS functionality that is SCORM conformant for tracking and managing competencies. It's horribly cryptic, you can't tell what's happening and it defeats the whole point that I see in using a Wiki for authoring. A Wiki should make course authoring extremely easy and even easier to make updates.

Wikis at Work

Tony Karrer

Found via Big Dog Little Dog - It's information collaboration - discusses the use of Wikis within organizations. Some of the points it makes: Gartner predicts that by 2009 half of companies worldwide will be using wikis Examples of use Acronyms and industry terminology, best sales practices, case studies, client information, meeting minutes. As a human resources site, in some cases replacing the company intranet, providing data on benefits, policies, new-employee orientation material. Just makes updates that much easier. In fact, it's probably Vista's biggest benefit

Evaluating Social Learning

Social Learning

As establishing new or improving learning/training processes typically begins with a problem, Clark provides this example: A manager complains that when he reads the monthly project reports he finds that the same mistakes keep showing up throughout the organization. Post them on a wiki or SharePoint. Upload the captured “Lessons Learned” to a wiki. Big Dog, Little Dog blogger?and

Just Ask the Wiki … But Don’t Ask Too Much

CLO Magazine

A new book released today, Academically Adrift: Limited Learning on College Campuses , provides some sobering figures about today’s graduates. Its development provided a groundbreaking case study for the power of online collaboration. Much of what is taught in corporate training is basic and could just as well be posted to a Wiki as taught in a course. “Just ask the Wiki&# isn’t the answer, at least for developing the innovation and insight that is increasingly important to competitive advantage. The second piece of news is related. That is a good thing.

Future directions

Learning with e's

EDEN Fellows are awarded the honour as " an expression of acknowledgement of professional merit by the Association, for NAP (Network of Academics and Professionals) members, who have demonstrated excellence in professional practice in the field of flexible and distance learning and provided valued support to the evolution and progress of EDEN." Unported License.

Wikis - Public vs. Controlled - Why There's No eLearning Wiki

Tony Karrer

I received an email asking me if I knew of any Wikis that provided information on eLearning concepts. But, has anyone noticed that blogs don't provide a means of asking questions that are not specific to a particular post? there's not really a place where you can find a Wiki that covers eLearning concepts. However, Wikipedia has some issues (as does any public Wiki) as a place for defining these terms. This is done on Wikipedia for some topics, e.g., List of Wiki Software. In a controlled environment, Wikis are a fantastic tool. Update Sept.

Wiki as repository for a virtual community

Joitske Hulsebosch eLearning

Through a comment on a blogpost by Nancy White I found this article about a virtual community using a discussion list (listserv) in combination with a wiki. The wiki serves as a collaborative repository. I've been advising a community where using an online discussion forum where few people had experience with a wiki. We started a wiki to put knowledge products together. Though it was hard to get people to work on the wiki, it was very attractive to some because of its structure as compared to the discussion forum that may look very chaotic.

My History of Live Blogged Notes

Experiencing eLearning

Because I have done so much live blogging, I was able to provide proof of my ongoing professional development efforts. Wikis for Improving Productivity. Wikis and Blogs and Tags: Oh Why? Wikis & Emerging Web 2.0 Wikis that Work: Effective Wiki Practices for Virtual Learning Communities. Generally newer posts are at the top of each category. World.

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Light the blue touch paper.

Learning with e's

For far too long, schools have been providing learners with definitive answers to sterile questions, and there is usually only one answer. education wiki learning school problem based learning order chaosShould teachers try to create order from chaos? Or should we try to achieve the opposite - turning order into chaos? Let me explain. So should be try to achieve chaos from order?

Getting The Most Out Of Your LMS

Upside Learning

It allows users to create their own workspace, provides a quick ability to post status updates, customize feeds, search and follow new individuals and a lot more. WIKI: Check if your LMS includes a Wiki. Wikis are simple, efficient tools for managing knowledge and collaborating. You can read more about LMS Wikis here. What is a Learning Management System used for?

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Introduction to Wikis, Blogs, Social Bookmarking, Social Networking and RSS

Tony Karrer

As background for an upcoming presentation, I wanted to create a page that provides background resources that explain various eLearning 2.0 Social Bookmarking Social Networking Wikis RSStools. I immediately thought of the Common Craft videos. I've embedded them below. Are there other good introductory resources? How about for blogs?

Freinet and social media

Learning with e's

Learners should be encouraged to learn through making products and providing services. Learners can co-operate not only in the production processes (1) and games playing (2) outline above, they can also co-operate, or even collaborate on team based creation of blogs, wikis, or video production. He certainly believed in using technology in education. tools. 4) The Natural Method.

Why Wikis Are Conquering the Enterprise

Tony Karrer

Found via 7 Days and More , interesting article on - Why Wikis Are Conquering The Enterprise by Michael Hickins. Couple of thoughts from the article: adoption is coming mainly from project managers and department-level executives not senior management (and, of course, corporate learning was not mentioned) "In almost every big corporation, some group is already using a wiki," said Andrew McAfee, associate professor of technology and operations management at the Harvard Business School. This echoes what I've been seeing as well.

How to Harness Informal Learning

Rob Hubbard

Many of the technologies used in elearning can provide answers as to how to harness informal learning. Technology can facilitate collaboration and networking and provide a virtual space in which informal learning can take place and, to a certain extent, be tracked. a Ning network), using wikis and blogs. What is informal learning? How can informal learning be harnessed?

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Wiki activities 5 stage model

Learning with e's

One of my papers will detail my wiki activities 5 stage model. See the wiki activities page of one online group for an example here. The model starts with Exploration (where students are finding out about their new learning environment, discovering the do's and dont's and generally orientating themselves on the wiki). Third comes Explanation - here they describe in deeper terms their ideas and provide other group members with more detail. Tags: 5 Stage Wiki Activities Model online learning wikis Posted by Steve Wheeler from Learning with e's.

It’s Time for E-Learning to Embrace ‘BYOL’


As it is, they will never again be able to keep up with the fast speed of business and provide everything everyone needs to know in a timely fashion, so it makes good commonsense to do so.” For some people, this may simply mean getting out of their way; for others it may involve providing some guidance and assistance on how to be an effective BYOLearner.”

How to Create Your Own Khan Academy for Training


Given the popularity of these new formats, trainers and learning professionals should ask themselves what they can learn from these TED-style videos and Khan Academy-style tutorials and how they can better provide learning experiences and relevant content to their employees and students. This can be your existing intranet, an LMS, or even a password-protected Wiki or blog.

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Will Blogs, Wikis, RSS, Mashups be Used in Corporate eLearning?

Tony Karrer

In this post, Dave unfortunately lumps together blogs, wikis, mashups, rss feed together (probably because eLearning 2.0 However, I think the answer about adoption rates is going to be quite different for these things with Wikis and Mashups being adopted at a very high rate. Wikis provide an opportunity for us to create reference hybrids - Shift in eLearning from Pure Courseware towards Reference Hybrids - easily and maintain them easily. We will dump Dreamweaver and RoboInfo in favor of Wikis. and web 2.0 often lump them together).

The Encyclopedia of Life - Wiki

Corporate eLearning Strategies and Development

The pages, housed at [link] , will provide written information and, when available, photographs, video, sound, location maps, and other multimedia information on each species. Built on the scientific integrity of thousands of experts around the globe, the Encyclopedia will be a moderated wiki-style environment, freely available to all users everywhere. But today when your computer provides infinitely more learning possibilities than any brick and mortar can provide it makes me wonder why more aren't jumping off the ship million species currently named. So.then what?

Seven Technology-Enabled Tools that Empower the Modern Corporate Trainer


Technology can provide a vehicle for continuing conversations beyond the time and space constraints of the classroom and conflicting schedules. Technology-aided training can also provide additional support for sustaining new learning and informal learning that is so critical to job success. Blogs and Wikis. Social Networking Sites. This can create obstacles for the learner.

Web 2.0

Kapp Notes

This presentation discussed how Sharepoint is used to provide Web 2.0 Some highlights: Using a wiki to house class materials for a class of 30 students saved between 10,000-12,000 sheets of paper. Participants loved having the wiki. Development time was shortened They had the ability to provided the most current content in a highly regulated environment.

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Guide to Online Course Design [INFOGRAPHIC]


These theories can range from actionable steps to philosophical diatribes, both of which provide their use, but equally are confusing as to where to begin. Naturally, not every item is an absolute necessary (many of which will depend on your needs), but they all do provide value for your online courses. Wikis. Wikis. Group Pages (Google). Discussion Boards. Vimeo.

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New Debate on Value of Blogs and Wikis in the Enterprise

Tony Karrer

There's some conversation going on around whether blogs provide value in the Enterprise. Jim Lee tells us: Now let me go on record to say that I do believe that both blogs and wikis have some valueâ€"just not business valueâ€"at least not yet. In Blog? I don't need no stinkin' blog! , He asks WIIFM and for the reader and doesn't feel there's value. Jack Vinson responds with Do blogs fit in the enterprise? and has a lot of really good points around blogging. His post is definitely worth reading and thinking about. For example: People want to blog in enterprises.

5 Features That Define the Next Generation Social LMS

Origin Learning

The utility value of making social elements such as blogs, wikis, chats, forums, etc., should be tapped by providing convenience features such as forum tagging, bookmarking, and chat/blog exporting. Social learning has been in existence for ages now. Inherently, man’s basic desire is to observe, learn, and share. Truly Social. Social Analytics. Intuitive & Ease of Use.