An empirical exploration of using Wiki in an English as a second language course

Hao Chuan Wang, Chun Hung Lu, Jun Yi Yang, Hsin Wen Hu, Guey Fa Chiou, Yueh Tzu Chiang, Wen Lian Hsu

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Abstract

In this paper, we present an empirical study of using a new and cost-effective Web-based collaboration software, Wiki, in a freshman-level English as a second language (ESL) course. This paper explores and observes the scenario: What if the Wiki tool were to be used in an English as a second language course in Taiwan? Students who attended this study practiced English writing on a Wiki website. The data about their usage and learning achievements was collected and analyzed. Our finding of a significant, but inverse, relation between students' editing usage and academic performance challenges some idealistic hypotheses that Wiki technology is "naturally beneficial" to learning. We believe that building an instructive or constructive instructional model with Wiki in a rigorous manner requires more empirical evidence. This study provides fresh evidence that will hopefully serve as an impetus to fill that gap.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - 5th IEEE International Conference on Advanced Learning Technologies, ICALT 2005
Pages155-157
Number of pages3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2005 Dec 1
Event5th IEEE International Conference on Advanced Learning Technologies, ICALT 2005 - Kaohsiung, Taiwan
Duration: 2005 Jul 52005 Jul 8

Publication series

NameProceedings - 5th IEEE International Conference on Advanced Learning Technologies, ICALT 2005
Volume2005

Other

Other5th IEEE International Conference on Advanced Learning Technologies, ICALT 2005
CountryTaiwan
CityKaohsiung
Period05/7/505/7/8

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)

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    Wang, H. C., Lu, C. H., Yang, J. Y., Hu, H. W., Chiou, G. F., Chiang, Y. T., & Hsu, W. L. (2005). An empirical exploration of using Wiki in an English as a second language course. In Proceedings - 5th IEEE International Conference on Advanced Learning Technologies, ICALT 2005 (pp. 155-157). [1508634] (Proceedings - 5th IEEE International Conference on Advanced Learning Technologies, ICALT 2005; Vol. 2005). https://doi.org/10.1109/ICALT.2005.51