Wikis are not new, but it is something I have not considered using for education. I have, however, done the collaborative activity a Wiki can accomplish inside Google Docs. The biggest challenge for me is tracking and managing contributions. I like the idea.

Susan described the approach of creating a class study project. She spoke to some of the benefits of collaboration through an optional activity that rewards contributions with bonus marks. I have done something similar, but linked to student work that I reviewed from one webpage. I like the idea of an open resource instead of doing it inside the LMS as she suggested. However, going open is an option. I still use a video students of mine created in 2013 as a study resource for a class I was teaching in other classes.

She is correct that students have amazing potential to create valuable learning objects. They are creative as long as you foster it. Some of the things I have seen include yoga to remember key terms, games, videos and more.

She uses the Wiki to guide her exam development, which is not something I have done. Instead, I have done collaborative question writing. Using collaborative course notes is a good approach to ensure the exam targets meaningful content in some courses. I didn’t know you could have both private and public notes to students.

I don’t know how good Wikis are and I likely won’t do one quite yet, but the same principles can be applied to other collaborative projects. She made some excellent points that I can use to shape something of value to my classroom.

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Laura Killam is an experienced nursing educator from Northern Ontario with a keen interest in improving student learning through innovation. For more information please visit


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