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WikiSpaces

Introduction

WikiSpaces is a wiki creation site. Wikis enable users to create simple web pages for collaborative group writing and editing. WikiSpaces is an easy tool to use to set up wikis for groups of students collaborating on projects.

Research findings from faculty and student interviews and surveys have shown that faculty-student and student-student engagement is one of the main challenges in online courses. WikiSpaces is a tool that encourages student-student engagement, while also providing a means for faculty involvement and feedback to students on group projects.

 

Please click below for an audio of the introduction to WikiSpaces.

 

Instructions on How to Use WikiSpaces

Please click here PDF download to download a pdf version of the instructional guide to WikiSpaces.

 

Please click below for video demonstrations of how to use WikiSpaces

Demo: Site Tour

Technical Requirements and Where to Access WikiSpaces

No specific hardware or software is required to use WikiSpaces. WikiSpaces will work with any operating system and Internet browser.

 

Go to www.wikispaces.com to access WikiSpaces and create a wiki.

 

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Reviews

Every e-Tool in the e-Toolbox was reviewed by either a UDI Online Project research and design team member, or one or several faculty at five partner institutions who incorporated a specific e-Tool into an online or blended course they taught. Faculty from these partner institutions also requested that students review the e-Tool included in a course or products created through the use of the e-Tool (e.g., documents, videos, audio clips, or other items). Likert scale surveys with open-ended questions were used by respondents.  Feedback from the reviewing UDI Online team member or faculty who used a tool is presented in addition to student ratings when available.

 

e-Tool Review Results

Faculty e-Tool Review Results
Number of faculty reviewers: 1

The one reviewer of this e-tool strongly agreed with the statement that the e-tool was easy to incorporate into her course. The professor used the e-tool to allow her students to demonstrate understanding or mastery of content. She strongly agreed that this e-tool exemplified the Principles of Universal Design for Instruction within her course. She would use the e-tool in another course to allow her students to demonstrate understanding or mastery of content. The reviewer used the instructional guide for this e-tool and agreed that it was helpful in getting started with using this e-tool. Also, instructional guide was not missing steps or information.

  

Student e-Tool Review Results

Number of students who took the survey: 2

Number of students with learning disabilities who took the survey: 0

1. The tool was easy to use.

Picture of the result of-50% of student reviewers strongly agreed that this e-tool was easy to use. 50% of student reviewers felt unsure this e-tool was easy to use. 

2. The tool assisted me with the following: (Select all that apply)

 Picture of result -50% of student reviewers used this e-tool to understand course requirements.  50% of student reviewers used this e-tool to reduce physical demands and to allow maximum attention to learning.  50% of student reviewers used this e-tool to facilitate communication with other students in the class. 50% of student reviewers used this e-tool to facilitate communication with their instructor.  50% of student reviewers used this e-tool to demonstrate their understanding of the course content.

3. Please comment on the benefits of using the tool in the course.

  • I like it.

4. Please comment on any drawbacks of using the tool.


  • Either other students hardly participate, or I can't see what they have done.