Wikis in the Classroom

What is a wiki?  How could the use of wikis be applied in your classroom?  The following module will provide you with basic knowledge regarding wiki use and how to get started.  If you are not at all familiar with wikis, the following YouTube video provides an excellent introduction:


A wiki is a website that is designed to allow for collaboration. The site is continuously open for edits and revisions by all participants. The use of wikis allows students to become more engaged with both their classmates and with the content.  The student will take a more active roll in the learning process by collaborating with classmates through the use of wikis.  Wikis also allow students the opportunity to be creative and to develop their communication skills. How can an instructor apply the use of wikis in the classroom?   Following is a short list of specific examples of wikis being used in a classroom setting:

  • Students collaboratively writing a lab report.  The wiki allows all students to add to the content and make edits.
  • Creative projects that reinforce learning.  An example would be students working together to learn more about England by creating a travel brochure.
  • Online writer's workshop where students can share drafts and make edits.

The video below provides an opportunity to hear from an instructor that has incorporated the concept of wikis into classroom activities.

Suggested Readings

  • Long, T., Waugh, M., Logan, J., Sherfy, A., & Cummins, J. (2012). Constructing Wikis in Technology-Enabled, Active Learning Classrooms: A Qualitative Study. In Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, 1, 1960-1967.
  • Strickland, J., & Xie, Y. (2012). Cooperating or Collaborating: Design Considerations of Employing Wikis to Engage College-Level Students. Cutting-edge Technologies in Higher Education, 6, 17-45.
  • Barton, M., & Cummings, R. (Eds.). (2008). Wiki writing: Collaborative learning in the college classroom. University of Michigan Press.
  • Caverly, D. C., & Ward, A. (2008). Techtalk: Wikis and Collaborative Knowledge Construction. Journal of Developmental Education, 32(2), 36-37.
  • Frydenberg, M. (2008). Wikis as a tool for collaborative course management. MERLOT Journal of Online Learning and Teaching, 4(2), 169-181.

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Resource Links

Wikispaces: Education - Get a free upgrade of Wikispaces for College Instructors!

TeachersFirst:  Wiki-Walk Through - What is a wiki?  How are wikis utilized in the classroom and what are some examples of wiki use in various disciplines?  How do wikis promote student learning and improve outcomes? 

Smart Teaching:  50 Ways to Use Wikis for a More Collaborative and Interactive Classroom - Interested in wikis but not sure where to incorporate them into your curriculum?  The following link provides suggestions: 

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