Advantages

  • Easy to use and has a step by step technology which guides students through using Wiki.
  • Students are able to develop communication skillsdevelop communication skills within class using the computer
  • Wiki products are immediate so there is no need to wait for a publisher to create a new edition or update information.
  • Anyone can edit and it is easy to use and follow. This gives students the potential for being authors, not just researchers.
  • It provides opportunities for "active-learning" activities in the classroom.
  • People located in different parts of the world can work on the same document and add their own parts. This builds a community of learners.
  • Teachers can view ‘recent changes’ on the student’s Wikispaces which assists the assessment processes.
  • Widens access to the power of web publishing to non-technical users
  • Wiki has no prearranged structure - it is a flexible tool which can be used for a wide variety of applications.
  • There is a wide choice of open source software Wiki's to choose from so licensing costs make it more affordable (to installing an institutional Wiki).
  • As Paul Fuller was heard to say in his keynote address at the St Helena's Catholic Primary School ICT day (2007), we live in an age of "DIGITAL NATIVES" (our young generation who have grown up with ICT surrounding them) and "DIGITAL IMMIGRANTS" (the older generation who are these children's teachers! To teach the digital natives we need to talk in a language they understand, and ICT is not the way of the future, it is here, now. Using wiki products, weblogs, and other Information Communication Technology engages students more because it is in "their language", that of the digital natives.
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a 6yr old Australian boy engaging with wiki

Disadvantages

Advantages in one context, may be disadvantages in another.
  • Anyone can edit so this may be too open for some applications, for example confidential documentation. However it is possible to regulate user access.
  • Students become easily distracted and use the computers for purposes other than course-related activities.
  • Open to SPAM and Vandalism if not managed properly. There are easy ways to restore a page however, and on WikiEducator you must be logged in to edit pages so this reduces vandalism by automated spam bots.
  • Requires Internet connectivity to collaborate, but technologies to produce print versions of articles are improving.
  • The flexibility of a wiki's structure can mean that information can become disorganised. As a wiki grows, the community plans and administers the structure collaboratively.
  • Are you building a freely editable and public wiki, or do you need to be conscious of privacy and security? There can also be issues of legal liability and risk to reputation, particularly if you publish to the web. Options such as a moderated wiki format, user agreements, and locking some pages from public view can offer protection.

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References:
Fuller, P. (2007). Innovative ICT in the Classroom. Keynote address at ICT day at St Helena's Catholic Primary School, Ellenbrook, Western Australia. Retrieved 3/9/07 from http://digitalgeneration.wikispaces.com/Creating+School+2.0