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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.  For those companies – or employees – looking to share expertise in an economical and achievable manner, incorporating a collaborative wiki in to the mix is an idea well worth consideration.

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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.

Learning Providers (wk.4) #OpenBadgesMOOC

Dont Waste Your Time

Week 4 – Learning Providers. I can see the benefit of looking at badges for the soon-to-leave-education school leavers, and those already in work either actively looking for a new role or to up-skill themselves. Would AMBA (Association of MBAs) accept badges as a currency from a £20,000 a year MBA provider? Here we are at week four and challenge four. ” (Selingo).

Book Review: “Blackboard Essentials for Teachers”

Dont Waste Your Time

By following the examples in the book you will be guided through the process of creating your own Blackboard course, adding static material for students to view (such as pages, links, and media), adding interaction to your courses (discussion boards, blogs,  wikis, etc) and using interactions to engage students in the course through the communication channels. online assignment submission.

Doctoring the Informal Learning Environment

E-Learning Provocateur

The blog provides the student with a vehicle to express what they hope to gain from their placement, record their experiences, reflect on what they have learned, and even voice what they have struggled with. Having said that, I think a big missing piece of this puzzle is a wiki or some other form of bulk content repository. Wiki – the first port of call, 2. would browse.

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.

Using a Learning Management System to Gather Good Ideas

Absorb LMS

Here are some ways to do this: Include a task after a lesson that invites the learner to submit improvements via a wiki, Google Doc, or other online editor. Best Practices Features e-learning elearning eLL Google Docs learning management LMS Social learning training wikisThere’s a winding, two-lane highway in Quebec that has a telephone/electrical pole standing in the middle.

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

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

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. 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. Web 2.0

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. Wiki should make course authoring extremely easy and even easier to make updates.

Do wikis work for any topic? How about math?

eLearning Acupuncture

Sabah Karam from Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland, recently wrote to me asking: “I have been doing research on how wikis can be used to teach students how to do mathematical proofs…. personally believe that a wiki can succeed on any topic. wiki is merely a tool for collaborative document authoring by a group. Tags: mathematics topic wiki Great question!

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

CLO Magazine

The second piece of news is related. 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. That is a good thing.

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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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

‘Generation Y’ is dead, long live ‘Generation T’

Dont Waste Your Time

systems (blog, wiki, podcast, etc) have been introduced to the learning environment, and the way the students have engaged with it. think we are; there are already schools around the world providing tablets for each child, game consoles are used for game-based learning, etc. Wiki YouTubeThe Greatest Generation: Veterans of World War II (born 1901-1924). Amazing Must Watch!

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

SharePoint in Office 365: the Good, the Bad, the Brilliant and the Ugly

SharePoint and Assessment

Microsoft don’t provide their own tools to do this, there are external tools which we used, which help, but it takes a long time and the migration isn’t perfect. We still have a lot of URLs within our wiki which point to documents on our old SharePoint site which we have to fix laboriously. Lists, libraries and wikis with more than 5,000 entries don’t seem to work properly. For instance, we have a wiki library which has close to 5,000 pages and we are having to manage it and delete old pages to ensure we don’t step over the limit. The Good. Search. Security. The Bad.

Enspire Learning Blog Now Featured on eLearning Learning

Enspire Learning

eLearning Learning provides a wealth of information on the hottest trends and newest ideas in the e-learning industry, and we’re proud to be a contributing member of this group. Blog Company News e-learning eLearning Learning online community social media wikiSpecial thanks to Tony Karrer for his assistance in helping us join this community.

Hey Wiki! Your so fine you blow my mind. Hey Wiki


After setting up a very basic wiki, I have just started to take a look at the use of wiki's in education. Naomi Augar, Ruth Raitman and Wanlei (Nov 2004) Zhou “Teaching and learning online with wikis” [link] 2 Joe Grohens and Norma Scagnoli (Spring 2006). Uses of Wikis in Teaching” [link] 3. April 2004) “Extending the wiki paradigm for use in the classroom” [link] 4. Through my reading and skypecast listening I know have a basic understanding of the point of a wiki. wiki is more concerned with facts and a blog is more about opinions and 2.

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

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 E-Learning Communities. Wikis that Work: Effective Wiki Practices for Virtual Learning Communities. Storytelling and Scenario-Based Learning.

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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?

I’d rather have a wiki than a Blackboard VLE.


If I had a hammer, er no wrong tape responsibility for delivering a distance learning MA or BA Programme I’d rather have a wiki than a blackboard VLE to administer the programme and to co-ordinate learning activities. For argument’s sake I am going to assume the use of the company wikispaces as my wiki space provider as I am familiar with their service. alternatives could include hosting your own in house wiki using ‘Mediawiki’) Starting point for this reasoning is that a very low technical competence is by users is required to use a wiki. Speed and Fluidity.

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. 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. Unported License.

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. Ning network), using wikis and blogs. What is informal learning? How can informal learning be harnessed?

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.