ERIC Number: EJ1142961
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
Data Collaborative: A Practical Exploration of Big Data in Course Wikis
Percell, Jay C.
Quarterly Review of Distance Education, v17 n4 p63-71 2016
Wikis continue to be used within technology environments of K-12 and higher education because they offer a collaborative environment for students to produce and receive content in concert with each other or on an individual basis (Kirkham, 2014). These online spaces are typically used as a course management system where students can both receive content from the instructor, as well as generate unique content on their own. Additionally, as wikis are digitally based platforms, that can generate a great amount of data that can be collected, collated, and analyzed. This article seeks to explore the practicality of the use of such big data sets arising from within course wikis from an instructional standpoint, and explores the data that practitioners may wish to capitalize upon so that big data and its associated learning analytics may inform instructional practices.
Descriptors: Data, Web 2.0 Technologies, Technology Uses in Education, Social Media, Instructional Improvement, Information Utilization, Data Analysis, Computer Mediated Communication, Educational Practices, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education
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Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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