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This Wikiversity learning project is an exploration of the implications of wiki technology for online learning. This project will review existing ideas about how to use tools such as the wiki user interface to help meet the goals of active learners. Naeve et al have recently reviewed technologies that facilitate learner-centric online learning[1].

Explaining how learning groups work[edit]

In a discussion of collaborative learning, Barbara Davis described to importance of explaining to students exaclty how collaborative learning works and what is expected from anyone who participates in group learning projects[2]. Wikiversity needs to have in place an efficient system for explaining to new participants how the Wikiversity model for online learning works.

The duration of learning groups[edit]

Barbara Davis discussed different types of collaborative learning in terms of the length of time that a learning group exists[2]. A good goal for Wikiversity is to provide flexible support for many types of learning groups. Some Wikiversity collaborations might be very short-lived, being established in order to accomplish a task that will not require an extended period of time. For such projects, being able to quickly find suitable collaborators will be important; nobody wants to spend more time trying to find people to accomplish a task than it takes to actually do the required work. Other Wikiversity projects will have open-ended goals such as continually updating a list of published sources related to a particular topic. Support of such projects will be facilitated by a system of making sure that community members know that even long-standing projects are open to new participants and Wikiversity must also provide a convenient way for Wikiversity participants to find existing projects that are of interest to them. Some projects may become irrelevant and die a slow death. It would be useful for the community to find ways of summarizing the life history of learning groups, their accomplishments and failures so that Wikiversity can learn about the factors that lead to success or failure in wiki-based learning collaborations.

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  1. "Contributions to a public e-learning platform: infrastructure; architecture; frameworks; tools: by Ambjörn Naeve, Mikael Nilsson, Matthias Palmér and Fredrik Paulsson in Int. J. Learning Technology (2005) Vol. 1, No. 3, page 352-382 (available online).
  2. a b Tools for Teaching by Barbara Gross Davis (1993) Publisher: Jossey-Bass. ISBN 1555425682.

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