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Welcome to Wiki Frames


Welcome to the wiki in support of our book "Using Wikis for Online Collaboration: The Power of the Read-Write Web" by James A. West and Margaret L. West.



As is typical of wikis, this page is a work in progress. The goal of this site is to introduce you to wikis, and serve as an expanding set of examples of how you can incorporate wikis projects into online learning activities. More examples are provided in the book, but you, the readers and online teachers, are encouraged to add your own sample wiki frames of your own to this wiki. Refer to our book for more detailed information on these topics, as well as many more sample wiki frames.


Why Wiki Frames?

A wiki frame is the term we are using to describe the "framing" or structure of an online learning, wiki-based project. The wiki frame provides a loose shell or outline for your learners to use as a starting point for their project. The wiki frame also gives cues to your learners as to the desired outcomes and overall organization of their project. Section 2: Designing Wiki Projects on this wiki gives more information on wiki frames, and Chapter 2 in our book has complete details on the pedagogy behind wiki frames and the process for setting them up for your learners.


What You Will Find on this Wiki


This wiki is organized around the same topics as our book.

  1. Intro to Wikis: This section introduces wikis and provides some wiki resources.
  2. Designing Wiki Projects: This section introduces the concepts around "wiki frames" and how they can be used to create wiki projects for online learning.
  3. Knowledge Construction: This section will contain sample wiki frames for basic wiki projects that promote the construction of knowledge.
  4. Critical Thinking: This section will contain sample wiki frames for wiki projects that promote critical thinking.
  5. Contextual Application: This section will contain sample wiki frames for wiki projects for real-world learning activities.


Who this Is Wiki For


This wiki is for anyone looking for resources on how to incorporate wiki-based online learning activities into your classroom. Following the spirit of wikis, tt also will be a place for you to share your own wiki frames with others.



Adding Your Own Wiki Frames 


After going through this wiki, you may want to add a wiki frame activity of your own. To do this, click on the "Request Access" link at the top right of this page. An email will be sent to us and we will set you up so that you can add your own pages.


If you are new to wikis, we encourage you to play in our Sandbox to see how they work before creating your own wiki frames.


About the Authors

Jim West is an associate professor in the Department of Instructional Design and Technology at Western Illinois University (WIU). He teaches courses in multimedia instructional design and development, and in using internet resources for teaching and training. Jim holds an Ed.D. in Instructional Technology and a Master’s in Library Science, and has over fifteen years of experience in the fields of instructional technology and information science.


Contact Jim at: ja-west2@wiu.edu

Peggy West is an instructional technology systems manager in the Center for Innovation in Teaching and Research at Western Illinois University. She is responsible for the development and training of faculty, especially in the areas of pedagogy and distance learning. She has over twenty years of experience as an instructional designer, consultant, and university educator in northern and western Illinois. Peggy received her Ph.D. in instructional technology from Kansas State. University.


Contact Peggy at ml-west@wiu.edu


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