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Teaching mathematics at a distance: Trialling a wiki community to focus reflection and share resources

By Janet Macdonald, Sally Crighton and Ben Craven

Abstract

Professional development for academic staff in Higher Education is always more interesting and inspiring if good practice can be embedded in a way which is meaningful and relevant to the individual. The current project focuses on raising awareness of significant or difficult parts of a course, and promoting the exchange of good practice using a wiki environment. Our findings suggest that this methodology has promise, and is particularly valuable to new tutors, or at the start of a new course. The wiki can be used to host a repository of teaching materials and we illustrate a number of examples. We have also learnt a number of useful lessons on the ways in which a wiki might be used to support a staff community in the future, and offer a list of recommendations

Year: 2009
OAI identifier: oai:oro.open.ac.uk:18121
Provided by: Open Research Online

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