Integration of a Wiki for Collaborative Knowledge Development in an E-Learning Context for University Teaching

  • Birka Jaksch
  • Saskia-Janina Kepp
  • Christa Womser-Hacker
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 5298)


E-Learning, which is technology-enhanced learning proved to have potential for adding value to education. Recently, with the shift of the World Wide Web to a more interactive web through the introduction of social software, the term E-Learning 2.0 was coined, indicating that the potential influence of social software on E-Learning has been recognized. This paper investigates the potential of integrating a wiki into an E-Learning module and the impact this integration can have on self-directed, collaborative and responsible learning in an E-Learning setting. Therefore, the focus is set on the integration of usability aspects and the surrounding didactic conditions that need to be considered when social software is to be embedded into learning scenarios. First evaluation results of the wiki-based glossary demonstrating this potential will conclude this paper.


Social Software Web 2.0 Wiki E-Learning Collaborative Knowledge Development 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Birka Jaksch
    • 1
  • Saskia-Janina Kepp
    • 1
  • Christa Womser-Hacker
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Applied Linguistics (IfAS) Information ScienceHildesheim UniversityHildesheimGermany

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