Looking for a way to have your students collaborate in one space? Try adding a wiki to your course. “A wiki is software that allows users to collaboratively create, edit, link, and organize the content of a website, usually for reference material. Wikis are often used to create collaborative websites and to power community websites. (Definition from Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wiki)
Cynthia Slater, Drexel Business Librarian, brought the concept of using a wiki to Dr. George Sillup as a solution to enhance communication among the students, service-learning site and SJU personnel for his PMK Service Learning Course 1021: Patient Access to Healthcare. They partnered with Mercy Wellness & Fitness Center Director, Linda Keller Doyle, to deliver this course. Instructors and resident experts from both institutions posted articles and research materials on the site for student use. Students were asked to post article summaries and comments. The platform chosen to host their wiki was http://pbwiki.com/ – a third party vendor that gave access to both SJU and Mercy Health Systems.
To view the wiki for this course, please go to: http://pmk1021slr.pbwiki.com/
There is a Wiki tool in Blackboard also, located under the Tools option. If you would like assistance incorporating this technology into your Blackboard course, please contact Al Labonis at firstname.lastname@example.org or X 1772.