Journal of Information Systems Education (JISE)

Volume 21

Volume 21 Number 1, Pages 5-14

Spring 2010

Teaching Tip
Using a Wiki to Collaborate on a Study Guide

Diane Lending
James Madison University
Harrisonburg, VA 22807, USA

Abstract: This paper introduces an end-of-semester assignment to create a study guide for the final exam. This assignment helps with two objectives of an introductory Management Information Systems course: collaboration and using Web 2.0 technologies. We argue that to truly understand collaboration, students must learn more than what collaboration is, they must see it work on a task that is meaningful to the student. The exercise provides a meaningful task that cannot be done by a single student; however, it can be done effectively by many students working together. As they work on the task, they are using a Web 2.0 technology, the wiki. They finish this assignment feeling more comfortable with the technology, and having seen it work. This assignment fits in with a learner-centered education model. The instructor facilitates learning by students in a collaborative method. The learning outcome moves from knowledge acquisition to knowledge integration.

Keywords: Wiki, Web 2.0 technologies, Collaborative learning, Learner-centered education

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Recommended Citation: Lending, D. (2010). Teaching Tip: Using a Wiki to Collaborate on a Study Guide. Journal of Information Systems Education, 21(1), pp. 5-14.