From Wikipedia to the Classroom : Exploring Online Publication and Learning

Wikipedia represents an intriguing new publishing paradigm-can it be used to engage students in authentic collaborative writing activities? How can we design wiki publishing tools and curricula to support learning among student authors? We suggest that wiki publishing environments can create learning opportunities that address four dimensions of authenticity: personal, real world, disciplinary, and assessment. We have begun a series of design studies to investigate links between wiki publishing experiences and writing-to-learn. The results of an initial study in an undergraduate government course indicate that perceived audience plays an important role in helping students monitor the quality of writing; however, students' perception of audience on the Internet is not straightforward. This preliminary iteration resulted in several guidelines that are shaping efforts to design and implement new wiki publishing tools and curricula for students and teachers.


Andrea Forte , Amy Bruckman


Forte, Andrea and Amy Bruckman. (2006). "From Wikipedia to the classroom: exploring online publication and learning." Proceedings of the 7th International Conference of the Learning Sciences. Bloomington, IN, June 2006. (46% acceptance rate).