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Wiki Analysis by Mind Map: Wiki Analysis
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Wiki Analysis

An analysis of the social values wiki users adopt




A discussion regarding the relationship between these social values and the features of the wiki technology itself.

group think and the wisdom of crowds

the wisdom of crowds

ethical issues

Pedagogical concerns



Wikis promote negotiation.

The non-hierarchical decision-making about what counts (or what will remain published) can occur between students, whether within a given course or across extended periods of time (Holmes et al, 2001) [2].

Wikis permit the public to publish - Public as publisher.

Wikis permit the creation of “publics, not masses” (Barton, 2004a). Arming a public to edit means that “an armed society is a polite one” (References, Category Wiki-1). Wikis make texts intensely public and potentially durable. Work is placed for the wider community to see and edit, both in the present and in the future. Writing for a “real” audience seems to be highly motivating, leading towards the desire to attain better language skills, including expression (Fountain, 2005b). It may also lead people to be more thoughtful in terms of content and structure (Godwin-Jones, 2003). Yet, while expression is important, “being heard” may be more so. When one “goes public”, receiving no response can be as troublesome as receiving a bad response. The relationship between “listen” and its anagram “silent” merits considerable reflection. As Oscar Wilde said, “There is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.” Feedback then, at least in an educational context, is key.

Wikis make feedback intensely public and potentially durable.

Educators can insist that students read and respond to others. The elaboration of what constitutes appropriate feedback, and the creation of guidelines for its equitable distribution, are two fundamental issues in educational contexts.

Wikis work on volunteer collaboration.

use of wikis in the classroom

  Uses and Potentials of Wikis in the Classroom by S. Pixy Ferris and Hilary Wilder  

sts are digital natives

danger of wiki becoming a battleground

Jason Scott (2004) Scott, J. 2004. The great failure of Wikipedia. (accessed May 24, 2006).

Collaborative writing


brainstorming, building reference lists and outlines, and making suggestions in an authoring environment

creation and sharing of information sources

customized project-spaces or electronic portfolio (e-portfolio)