Wikis as open educational resources in higher education: Overcoming challenges, realizing potential

Kehrwald, Benjamin and Danaher, P. A. (2010) Wikis as open educational resources in higher education: Overcoming challenges, realizing potential. In: Cases on digital technologies in higher education: issues and challenges. IGI Publishing (IGI Global), Hershey, Pennsylvania, United States, pp. 64-80. ISBN 9781615208692


Open wikis such as WikiEducator (WE) ( lie at the intersection of two significant applications of learning technology: open educational resources (OERs), which are freely available materials that can be shared, modified, adapted, and reused in diverse learning contexts; and collaborative authoring environments. This chapter presents a case study of the use of open wikis in a single online postgraduate course in the College of Education at Massey University (New Zealand). The case discussion includes an illustration of the use of open wiki technology at WikiEducator within the course from two different points of view: the use of wikis as a presentation tool by the course teaching staff; and as a production tool by learners seeking to create OERs as part of an instructional design project. The chapter also links the challenges and opportunities associated with these points of view to wider possibilities and pressures attending the terrain in which contemporary higher education is situated.

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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to paper due to publisher copyright restrictions. doi: 10.4018/978-1-61520-869-2.ch005.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Education
Date Deposited: 26 Oct 2011 03:06
Last Modified: 05 Sep 2016 03:19
Uncontrolled Keywords: online learning, open educational resources, open learning, wikis, higher education
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130306 Educational Technology and Computing
13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930203 Teaching and Instruction Technologies
C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9301 Learner and Learning > 930102 Learner and Learning Processes

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