Using MediaWiki as an Efficient Data Repository and Ubiquitous Learning Tool: An Australian Example

By Ian Warren.

Published by Ubiquitous Learning: An International Journal

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The functionality of MediaWiki ensures it is a valuable learning repository for sharing and storing information. Constructivist learning can be promoted alongside a wiki repository and various wireless u-learning tools such as mobile phones and digital cameras, to encourage students to gather and share a range of primary and secondary information in a variety of subject areas. This paper outlines one initiative adopted at an Australian University specialising in distance education, which uses a MediaWiki as the primary method for content delivery. Over a period of three-years, the Drugs, Crime and Society wiki has evolved into an organic information repository for storing and accessing current research, press and drug agency material that supplements core themes examined in each topic of the curriculum. A constructivist approach has been employed to encourage students to engage in a range of assessable and non-assessable information sharing activities. The paper also demonstrates how the Drugs, Crime and Society wiki can be accessed through various wireless u-learning technologies, which enables students undertaking field placements to add and share primary information with other students and practitioners working in the drugs field.

Keywords: MediaWiki, Online Learning, Mobile Learning, U-learning, Data Repository, Drugs, Crime and Society, Student Engagement, User-generated Content

Ubiquitous Learning: An International Journal, Volume 2, Issue 1, pp.21-38. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 11.271MB).

Dr. Ian Warren

Lecturer in Criminology, School of History Heritage and Society, Faculty of Arts and Education, Deakin University, Geelong, Victoria, Australia

Since 2006 Ian Warren has led the curriculum renewal of Deakin University’s criminology degree with a focus on interactive and multi-media learning. As a result of this work Ian received an Australian Learning and Teaching Council citation for teaching innovation and excellence in 2009. Ian has ongoing research interests in complex interdisciplinary and comparative criminological problems including drug trafficking, media regulation, violence prevention and the regulation of virtual world technologies. Ian is also involved in several research initiatives aimed at enhancing the student learning experience through the use of new educational technologies.