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Wikis as a platform for student collaboration in Economics

This case study concerns the use of a wiki as a vehicle for collaborative learning in a third year optional module at the University of Manchester.

Inspired by the increasing use of Web 2.0 technology in a variety of contexts the wiki was used to facilitate a group-based assessment which contributed one third of the final module mark. The essential idea of Web 2.0 - that the internet is not just a repository of information but a platform on which geographically-distributed peers can collaborate and share ideas - is arguably well suited to the modus operandi of university teaching and the production of knowledge in the classroom. In what follows I describe how the wiki was implemented and evaluate its use with reference to feedback from students as well as the experience of the instructor.

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