COIL Conversations

In this COIL Conversation, Ward Cunningham presents the design principles and ideas behind Federated Wiki, and Jeff Rimland discusses the benefits, challenges, and research potential of using it in the classroom.

YOUTUBE 6-0ymh5_my0 Published on Feb 17, 2015

The current ecosystem of collaborative tools for teaching and learning, as well as the web itself, falls short when it comes to enabling the organic growth and propagation of ideas and thought.

Ward Cunningham, the creator of wiki, has developed a new paradigm known as Federated Wiki, which fosters a “chorus of voices” approach to facilitate the advancement of ideas and potentially change the way that we work and think in distributed groups.

Jeff Rimland, an instructor and research associate at Penn State, has applied this technology to teaching a freshman seminar in Information Sciences & Technology.