Zorko, V. (2009). Factors affecting the way students collaborate in a wiki for English language learning. Australasian Journal Of Educational Technology, 25(5), 645-665.
Description: This research article identifies factors that affected the ways in which
The study provides valuable personal student insights in how they interpreted their interactions and the reasons that inhibited and promoted collaboration in the wiki. It highlighted students’ attitudes, motivations and problems that are associated with language barriers in the wiki environment.
Evaluation: This article identifies key factors that may affect my students learning in a wiki environment. The case study was descriptive in the findings and identifies areas that I, as the change facilitator need to be aware of when introducing it to my class. A strength of the research was identifying ways in which the wiki could be used in the classroom with the scaffolding needed to increase collaboration in the wiki.
Research was well supported throughout the background areas of the article but tended not to support as strongly data or ideas in the implementation, findings and suggestion sections. This study is important for
ESL teachers as implementing new
technologies into ESL classrooms adds
another layer of challenges that need to be unpacked before it can be accepted