Journal of Information Systems Education (JISE)

Volume 21

Volume 21 Number 3, Pages 313-322

Fall 2010

Evaluation of a Teaching Tool - Wiki - in Online Graduate Education

Caroline L. Park
Athabasca University
Athabasca, AB, Canada

Cheryl Crocker
Grant MacEwan University
Edmonton, AB, Canada

Janice Nussey
University of Alberta
Edmonton, AB, Canada

Joyce Springate
Athabasca University
Athabasca, AB, Canada

Darlene Hutchings
Western Health
Corner Brook, NFLD, Canada

Abstract: This study provides information on ways to enhance learning for students using online educational programs. Technologies that foster and engage students in the learning process are necessary in the online learning environment. Wiki is an online teaching strategy used to promote student interaction. A Wiki was introduced into three sections of a graduate level online health professions course. The use of the Wiki is evaluated using the Perception of Wiki Survey to determine students’ perceptions of the value of the technology. A student’s choice to pursue one career over another, and eventual success or lack of success in that career, may relate to their personal learning style and the learning demands of that discipline. In this study students’ learning style preference is determined using the Felder-Silverman Index of Learning Styles. The relationship between the students’ perceptions of the Wiki and their learning style preferences is examined in this mixed methods study. No firm conclusions can be reached from the findings but interesting possibilities are raised.

Keywords: Online teaching strategies, Student learning preferences, Wiki, Felder-Silverman index

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Recommended Citation: Park, C. L., Crocker, C., Nussey, J., Springate, J., & Hutchings, D. (2010). Evaluation of a Teaching Tool - Wiki - in Online Graduate Education. Journal of Information Systems Education, 21(3), 313-322.