Political science professor Thad Kousser is generally seen by his students as one of the more tech-savvy faculty members: Each lecture is accompanied by PowerPoint slides, which he posts on his Web site, along with other interesting links and updates. However, as they prepared for his California politics final last quarter, the students turned to a technological innovation of their own.
As they began studying, some classmates received a mysterious e-mail directing them to a Web site on Wikipedia, the well-known user-edited online encyclopedia.
“Let[’]s compile our answers,” the site began. “The ultimate goal is to add to each other[’s] answers — cram with as much detail as possible.”
We haven't talked about wikis yet, but I think they have potential to foster collaboration - and possibly even some alternative assessment. As with blogging, it would be helpful to have in-house wiki software that was tied to student logins - that would offer some built-in accountability. So far the district has not had the resources (or the interest?) into looking into something like that.