Distance learning and the educational use of wikis

Assistant Professor Grace Lin received a first place award for a journal article at the 2012 Association for Educational and Communications Technology (AECT) Annual International Convention in Louisville, Kentucky

Lin received a first place Distance Learning Journal Article Award for her article, “The tensions of transformation in three cross-institutional wikibook projects,” which was published in the journal Internet and Higher Education. It was coauthored by three colleagues from Indiana University and the University of Houston.

Lin is a faculty member in the UH Manoa College of Education Department of Educational Technology. She initiated the research on the educational use of wikis in January 2007. The experiment began with two classes in Indiana and Texas and then expanded into international collaboration.

In the paper, Lin and her colleagues describe their experience stemming from three separate attempts to build wikibooks in cross-institutional settings.  Instructional decisions, technology factors, and the sense of community are among the many tensions and issues that impact the success of the wikibook projects along the way.

“This was a longitudinal research project that evolved,” Lin explained. “I had the original idea, and Nari Kim carried it through with her dissertation a couple of years later. Two of our colleagues connected their classes throughout. It was a great team collaborative effort and I am honored to be part of it.”

Several other faculty members from the Department of Educational Technology also received recognition at the AECT convention.

Department Chair Ellen Hoffman was presented with the AECT Presidential Award, Assistant Professor Seungoh Paek was a presenter and chosen to participate in an early career symposium, and Assistant Professor Peter Leong was recognized for becoming president of the International Division.

This story originally appeared in the 2012 edition of the College of Education’s Currents publication (Annual Report).  For more information on the College of Education, please visit:  https://coe.hawaii.edu/