Since a follow up on what students do is rather important in education, I open this discussion on grading wiki's with my first toughts:
A wiki has two important sides that can be graded: the content and the collaboration.
- The content can't be evaluated on an electronic way (can get not any better then assignement). The only thing that the system could do is keep track where the student has added/modified the wiki, provide links to those pages and highlight those phrases. So for that part, I see a grading page, with the list of students, each student followed with list of hyperlinks to pages where the student has contributed. Clicking such a link gives you the page where you see the student's writing highlighted.
- For the collaborationpart the server's processor can help the teacher's brain . I found an interesting view on that here. The tool analyses the hystory of a page and that way you can see in a graphic way who the main contributor of the page was, if the page is written by one person or by a group, who deleted and who added content...
That is just "Outta Sight!". Is it open source??
Thinking about this now, I wonder if a wiki as a gradeable activity at all. It seems more like it is a tool that can be used by activities, much like the HTML editor is; more like a 'super-editor' that allows collaboration.
With this in mind, its not the wiki itself that is the activity, but rather what you use it for. As an example, I could see the wiki being used by a group for an assignment to create a presentation on their learnings. The group would use this as the collaborative tool to bring their knowledge together, but the result is their presentation.
I'm not sure if it makes sense to grade their use of the wiki. That would be like grading their use of the HTML editor in the forum.
If a group wiki functions the way I think it does, allowing a group to collaborate at a document, then a group grade could be assigned. This grade could enter in the same way in each group member's Grades page. For example is the collaborative group wiki is gets a grade of 85%, each member would receive an 85% for this activity on their Grades page.
This would be very valuable for grading lab reports and other common group work.
Makes sense, why not?
- All the members of a wiki get the same grade
- In a personal wiki you are all the members...