Graduation Year

2012

Location

Lower Level, Ames Library, Illinois Wesleyan University

Start Date

14-4-2012 9:00 AM

End Date

14-4-2012 10:00 AM

Description

The need to incorporate technology into the classroom is undeniably present. In our ever-changing society, education must keep up with the latest advances to best serve all students. With this knowledge, I incorporated technology – specifically, a Wiki threaded discussion forum – into a literature classroom to determine the affect its implementation would have on both the quality and type of discussion held by students. This study was completed using a qualitative self-study approach and included various data collection methods, such as student responses made on the forum, personal reflections, and reflections from students regarding the perceived usefulness of the technology in aiding discussion. The findings of this study explore the impacts of incorporating this technology into the traditional classroom environment, and also look at student engagement with the Wiki. This information is not only helpful for the teaching of literature, but also presents opportunities to reflect on the overall effectiveness of technology integration in the classroom.

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Enhancing Classroom Discussion with Wiki Technology

Lower Level, Ames Library, Illinois Wesleyan University

The need to incorporate technology into the classroom is undeniably present. In our ever-changing society, education must keep up with the latest advances to best serve all students. With this knowledge, I incorporated technology – specifically, a Wiki threaded discussion forum – into a literature classroom to determine the affect its implementation would have on both the quality and type of discussion held by students. This study was completed using a qualitative self-study approach and included various data collection methods, such as student responses made on the forum, personal reflections, and reflections from students regarding the perceived usefulness of the technology in aiding discussion. The findings of this study explore the impacts of incorporating this technology into the traditional classroom environment, and also look at student engagement with the Wiki. This information is not only helpful for the teaching of literature, but also presents opportunities to reflect on the overall effectiveness of technology integration in the classroom.