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The role of a wiki in supporting group cognition

By Gerry Stahl

Abstract

The Virtual Math Teams (VMT) environment has recently integrated a wiki component into its text chat and shared whiteboard system. The wiki component serves a number of purposes, such as summarizing synchronous small-group interactions and sharing the results among groups in a knowledge-building community. We are exploring ways of integrating activities in the different work-space components, such as automating the posting of text from the whiteboard to a wiki page associated with the chat room, allowing collaborative browsing and editing of the wiki from the whiteboard, referencing elements of the wiki from the chat, and facilitating seamless navigation among the components. The wiki pages for chat rooms are automatically linked via categories within a “wikipedia ” for the specific domain of interest to the knowledge-building community. The VMT system including wiki is currently being used for middle-school, high-school and junior college math students, for masters-level information science students and for research teams. Logs of VMT system usage are analyzed in considerable detail. To date, over 50 publications have resulted from research on the VMT system, although the effectiveness of the wik

Year: 2009
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