Weathering wikis: net-based learning meets political science in a South African university

 

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dc.contributor.author Tony Carr en_ZA
dc.contributor.author Morrison, Andrew en_ZA
dc.contributor.author Cox, Glenda en_ZA
dc.contributor.author Deacon, Andrew en_ZA
dc.date.accessioned 2014-10-28T14:07:00Z
dc.date.available 2014-10-28T14:07:00Z
dc.date.issued 2007 en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation , Morrison, A., Cox, G. & Deacon, A. 2007. Weathering wikis: net-based learning meets political science in a South African university. <i>Computers and Composition.</i> http://hdl.handle.net/11427/8855 en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn  8755-4615 en_ZA
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11427/8855
dc.description This is the author's version of a work that was accepted for publication in Computers and Composition. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Computers and Composition, Volume 24, Issue 3, 2007. DOI: 10.1016/j.compcom.2007.06.001. en_ZA
dc.description.abstract Wikis represent flexible tools functioning as open-ended environments for collaboration while also offering process and group writing support. Here we focus on a project to innovate the use of wikis for collaborative writing within student groups in a final-year undergraduate political science course. The primary questions guiding our research were in what ways could wikis assist collaborative learning in an undergraduate course in political science and how we could support educators' in the effective use of wikis? Curiously, wikis may serve as a mediating artifact for collaborative writing even among students who are reluctant to post online drafts. The paper raises questions concerning the nature and limits of lecturer and tutor power to deliver transformative educational innovations in relation to the capacity of students to embrace, comply with, or resist such innovation. In analysing the negotiation of the use of wikis in the course by and among the lecturer, tutors, and students, we draw on two principles in activity theory, which Yrjo Engestrom argued are central to his model of expansive learning: multi-voicedness and contradictions [Engestrom, Yrjo. (1987). Learning by expanding: An activity-theoretical approach to developmental research. Helsinki: Orienta-Konsultit; Engestrom, Yrjo. (2001). Expansive learning at work: Toward an activity theoretical reconceptualization. Journal of Education and Work 14(1), 133–156.]. We add a third principle, transparency, to more fully capture what we observed. en_ZA
dc.language.iso eng en_ZA
dc.publisher Elsevier Ltd. en_ZA
dc.source Computers and Composition en_ZA
dc.source.uri http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.compcom.2007.06.001 en_ZA
dc.subject Wiki en_ZA
dc.subject collaborative learning en_ZA
dc.subject multi-voicedness en_ZA
dc.subject contradiction en_ZA
dc.subject transparency en_ZA
dc.subject mediating artifacts en_ZA
dc.title Weathering wikis: net-based learning meets political science in a South African university en_ZA
dc.type Journal Article en_ZA
uct.type.publication Research en_ZA
uct.type.resource Postprint en_ZA
dc.publisher.institution University of Cape Town
dc.publisher.faculty Centre for Higher Education Development en_ZA
dc.publisher.department Dean's Office: CHED en_ZA
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dc.identifier.apacitation , Morrison, A., Cox, G., & Deacon, A. (2007). Weathering wikis: net-based learning meets political science in a South African university. <i>Computers and Composition</i>, http://hdl.handle.net/11427/8855 en_ZA
dc.identifier.chicagocitation , Andrew Morrison, Glenda Cox, and Andrew Deacon "Weathering wikis: net-based learning meets political science in a South African university." <i>Computers and Composition</i> (2007) http://hdl.handle.net/11427/8855 en_ZA
dc.identifier.vancouvercitation , Morrison A, Cox G, Deacon A. Weathering wikis: net-based learning meets political science in a South African university. Computers and Composition. 2007; http://hdl.handle.net/11427/8855. en_ZA
dc.identifier.ris TY - Journal Article AU - Tony Carr AU - Morrison, Andrew AU - Cox, Glenda AU - Deacon, Andrew AB - Wikis represent flexible tools functioning as open-ended environments for collaboration while also offering process and group writing support. Here we focus on a project to innovate the use of wikis for collaborative writing within student groups in a final-year undergraduate political science course. The primary questions guiding our research were in what ways could wikis assist collaborative learning in an undergraduate course in political science and how we could support educators' in the effective use of wikis? Curiously, wikis may serve as a mediating artifact for collaborative writing even among students who are reluctant to post online drafts. The paper raises questions concerning the nature and limits of lecturer and tutor power to deliver transformative educational innovations in relation to the capacity of students to embrace, comply with, or resist such innovation. In analysing the negotiation of the use of wikis in the course by and among the lecturer, tutors, and students, we draw on two principles in activity theory, which Yrjo Engestrom argued are central to his model of expansive learning: multi-voicedness and contradictions [Engestrom, Yrjo. (1987). Learning by expanding: An activity-theoretical approach to developmental research. Helsinki: Orienta-Konsultit; Engestrom, Yrjo. (2001). Expansive learning at work: Toward an activity theoretical reconceptualization. Journal of Education and Work 14(1), 133–156.]. We add a third principle, transparency, to more fully capture what we observed. DA - 2007 DB - OpenUCT DP - University of Cape Town J1 - Computers and Composition KW - Wiki KW - collaborative learning KW - multi-voicedness KW - contradiction KW - transparency KW - mediating artifacts LK - https://open.uct.ac.za PB - University of Cape Town PY - 2007 SM -  8755-4615 T1 - Weathering wikis: net-based learning meets political science in a South African university TI - Weathering wikis: net-based learning meets political science in a South African university UR - http://hdl.handle.net/11427/8855 ER - en_ZA


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