wikis

It's funny but even though I work with data on a regular basis, I can't always predict the best way to manage data until I have my own data to manage.

My classroom wiki site is no exception.

Now, that I've been seriously using a wiki with my class, I've found that I should have set a few things up a bit differently.

The biggest challenge has been making sure that the right people can do the right things - or who gets to see what and upload what where.

Not knowing what methods would turn out to be useful, I originally set up my class wiki with a ... Read more

In our last episode, I wrote about embedding Google forms in my classroom wiki pages.

Recently, we've been working on a project where students enter results into a Google Docs spreadsheet, via our classroom wiki. All the students were able to enter their results.

Except for one.

When other students went to the spreadsheet page, they saw this:

This quarter, I'm using a wiki with my bioinformatics class and posting sometimes about the things that I learn.

Two things I've been experimenting with are:

  1. Setting up pages for individual students so they can take notes while they're working.
  2. Embedding a Google form into one of my wiki pages for student assessment.

Here's a diagram showing some of the pages in my bioinformatics class wiki site.

Experimenting with on-line worksheets

I know some people who always teach their classes the same way, semester after semester, year after year.. Not me. I always want to experiment and try new things.

This fall, I'm experimenting with using a wiki in the classroom, in addition to my blog. This wont be my first wiki experience. We've long used wikis where I work, and I've used them to collaborate with people in different locations, but this is the first time that I'll try one in a teaching situation.

The wikis in my past ... Read more