The effectiveness of wikis for project-based learning in different disciplines in higher education
Samuel Kai Wah Chu, Yin Zhang, Faculty of Education, Hong Kong ; Katherine Chen, Faculty of Arts, Hong Kong ; Chi Keung Chan, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Hong Kong ; Celina Wing Yi Lee, Ellen Zou, Wilfred Lau, Faculty of Education, Hong Kong
Internet and Higher Education Volume 33, Number 1, ISSN 1096-7516 Publisher: Elsevier Ltd
Concerning the effectiveness of using wikis for project-based learning in higher education, this study compared the perceptions and actions among students in three undergraduate courses of different disciplines, English Language Studies, Information Management, and Mechanical Engineering, who used wikis in their course assignments. Using a triangulation methodology, the study shows that students mostly hold positive attitudes towards the use of wikis for project-based learning. However, significant differences exist in 5 aspects, such as “Motivation” and “Knowledge Management”, in the questionnaire among all participants. Additionally, the level of participation and core actions on the wikis vary among students of the three disciplines. These findings can be explained by the variations in participants' previous learning experiences, their technical backgrounds and the relationship between learning goals and collaborative learning. A series of insights are offered in the context of the use of wikis in project-based learning in higher education.
Chu, S.K.W., Zhang, Y., Chen, K., Chan, C.K., Lee, C.W.Y., Zou, E. & Lau, W. (2017). The effectiveness of wikis for project-based learning in different disciplines in higher education. Internet and Higher Education, 33(1), 49-60. Elsevier Ltd.