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Wiki and Learning Management System (LMS) Prof. Supten Sarbadhikari, MBBS, Ph. D Founder and Director Supten Institute Visiting Professor in Health Informatics Bangladesh Institute of Health Sciences supten [AT] gmail [DOT] com
Learning Objective • To understand the comparative features of a Wiki and an LMS (Learning Management System)
References • • http: //www. pitt. edu/~super 1/lecture/lec 35331/ http: //en. wikipedia. org/wiki/Wiki http: //en. wikipedia. org/wiki/Learning_management_system http: //en. wikipedia. org/wiki/Open-source_software http: //moodle. org/ http: //wik. ed. uiuc. edu/index. php/Moodle http: //wikieducator. org/Main_Page http: //www. networkedcollab. org/vles/2009/07/moodle-and-otherlmss/ • http: //elearningtech. blogspot. com/2009/03/lms-and-sociallearning. html • http: //edutechwiki. unige. ch/en/Learning_management_system • Kardong-Edgren S. E, Oermann M. H. , Ha Y, Tennant M. N. , Snelson C. , Hallmark E, Rogers N, and Hurd D. (2009). Using a Wiki in Nursing Education and Research, International Journal of Nursing Education Scholarship, 6(1): 6
Plan of Talk • Introduction • Wiki • Learning Management System (LMS) • Open Source Features • Take Home Message
Introduction A Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) usually: is Web-based Uses Web 2. 0 (interactive / social Web / read and write Web) tools Simulates real-world educational modalities Two examples are Wikis and LMS.
Wiki is an expandable collection of interlinked web pages that allows any user to quickly and easily create and edit content. Example: Wikipedia Where the Wiki software Mediawiki is a free software open source wiki package written in PHP.
LMS is a software application for the administration, documentation, tracking, and reporting of training programs, classroom and online events, e-learning programs, and training content. In other words, it is a software system that delivers courseware plus e-tutoring over the Internet. Example: Moodle that is also free and open source.
Open Source Features Open-source software (OSS) is computer software that is available in source code form: the source code and certain other rights normally reserved for copyright holders are provided under a software license that permits users to study, change, improve and at times also to distribute the software. It is very often developed in a public, collaborative manner.
Wiki and LMS With a wiki students are sharing information and experiences with peers, the teacher, and others. They can collaborate online with one another, work together as a group, and critique each other’s work. Wikis are used as discussion forums; where the participants explore specific topics of a short term nature or for general discussions. With this ability a wiki can supplement an existing Course / Learning Management System (CMS / LMS) or be used for discussion in place of such a system. (Kardong-Edgren et al. , 2009). Through a wiki a learning community can be created among students and teachers which can be actively engaged in the learning process. The wiki also provides an effective communication tool among a group of learners.
Other issues While LMS can offer structured and complete courses as in the real world, a very important limiting feature of an LMS is that the interactions are only among the students / peers and the teachers / facilitators. On the other hand, Wikis and Social Networking sites can allow interactions with a much larger community.
Examples In the next three slides see screenshots of: 1. BIHS Wiki 2. Supten Institute Wiki 3. Moodle @BIHS
Take Home Message A wiki is an easier option to familiarize oneself with the VLE. Subsequently, full fledged LMS may be necessary to simulate a real world class properly.