The Use of Wikispace in Engineering Education

Publisher:
The School of Mechanical Engineering, The University of Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia, Austral
Publication Type:
Conference Proceeding
Citation:
20th Annual Conference for the Australasian Association for Engineering Education, 2009, pp. 381 - 387
Issue Date:
2009-01
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Wikispaces was piloted as an educational tool for improving teaching and learning at the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of New South Wales with class of 54 enrolled students. An active and self-directed learning approach was used in this subject based on interactive/ discussion-based lectures and tutorials, debates and presentations as well as private study. Students experiences and readings were to be reflected through contributions to class and wiki discussions to facilitate brain-storming, inquisitions and facilitate students' learning from each other. This paper reflects on the use of Wikispaces as a teaching strategy and presents results of students' responses to a questionnaire about the use of the wiki tool, and general teaching and learning of the subject. Analyses of responses suggested that students expressed positive experiences using wikispaces and that wikispaces correlated positively with students' performance.
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