Discussion thread: Thoughts about wikis

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Discussion Thread: Thoughts about wikis

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Do you have any concerns about the quality of educational resources developed using an open authoring approach? If so, what are your concerns? If not, how does an open authoring approach contribute to high quality learning materials?

  • I will post this comment as a bit of an experiment, just to get my feet wet!  I suppose one question I have about open authoring on wiki is how to cite the materials, i.e. what is the appropriate form of citation? --B2jackson 16:43, 22 March 2010 (UTC)

  • I think that educational resources which have been developed using an open authoring approach can have even higher quality than the ones developed in traditional way, because the material is open to the learning community to critizise and participate in its developement. It's also actual, because you can change the material every time you have new facts about it. --Teromakotero 16:27, 23 March 2010 (UTC)

  • My comments are less about educational resources but about wikis in general. In checking out the wikinews site I thought it looked interesting and certainly had lots of news but my concern is how can I trust this information? I read the ethics about posting on it. But other than believing that person will report accurately, there doesn't seem to be any sorts of checks in place. I would also like to see the source of the news instead of it being more aggregation. --Jlarkin 00:32, 24 March 2010 (UTC)

  • One of the great advantages of educational resources which have used an open authoring approach is that they give the wiki community the opportunity to participate in their extension and development. Wiki users have the right to edit them by adding more information, to enhance them and even correct them if they see an incorrect post. Wiki pages enable learners to have access to free education and gain knowledge. One of my main concerns is how trustful and accurate these resources are.--Georgia 20:10, 25 March 2010 (UTC)

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In your opinion, should course development for education use closed or open authoring approaches? Give reasons for your view

  • It should be open


  • so that every one can be able to see and contribute their views.
  • so that they can even put suggestions and ask questions.

  • Mostly open but I think some situations may require a closed authoring approach. That might be where there are privacy issues involved perhaps. --Jlarkin 00:34, 24 March 2010 (UTC)

  • I think they should be mostly open because every learner has the right to free education and especially people of developing countries who do not have the financial means to support their learning. Another reason is that learners should have the option to ask questions and contribute to the enrichment of the pages. --Georgia 20:10, 25 March 2010 (UTC)

I believe that open content makes for a more rounded approach - differing view and opinions - and one that is less open to personal bias.

What mechanisms can be adopted to assure quality of educational content developed in Wiki environments?

  • by simplifying the information so that people can be able to understand and site examples.

  • More people we have contributing in the development and evaluation of educational resources assures the quality in Wiki environments. --Teromakotero 16:45, 23 March 2010 (UTC)

  • Making it easy to use and accessible to use so it is not one particular bunch of people involved.--Jlarkin 00:35, 24 March 2010 (UTC)

  • Providing simplified information and examples

Wiki pages should be reviewed so that accurate and reliable information is ensured----Georgia 20:11, 25 March 2010 (UTC)

  • Collaborative authorship ensures multiple approaches and a variety of perspectives to any given topic.
  • However, quality assurance mechanisms must be implemented to ensure the accuracy of information posted. At the same time, the onus is on the authors to critically assess what they submit for the consumption of users in order to ensure that only trustworthy information is posted. Verbena--Kholekha 02:45, 26 March 2010 (UTC)

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