Collaborative learning using wiki web sites for computer science undergraduate education: A case study

Wei Tek Tsai, Wu Li, Jay Elston, Yinong Chen

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This paper proposes a collaborative approach to enhancing the student learning experience based on Web 2.0 principles. Specifically, wiki Web sites are used by students for collaboration and for publication of course assignments, which are then shared with the class. Web 2.0 principles include: the Web as platform, harnessing collective intelligence, data are the next Intel Inside, and rich user experiences. Based on a case study in a junior-level undergraduate class, this paper studies a set of six factors with comprehensive grading and evaluation criteria that are critical to make this approach successful. The six factors are knowledge base, motivation, research, social aspects, presentation, and feedback and support. The data collected show that most of the students who participated feel that this approach is exciting and rewarding, and that even some undergraduate students are able to produce original and innovative concepts. The data also show other interesting phenomena with respect to motivation, undergraduate research, and social aspects. Finally, the paper proposes a methodology of conducting a wiki project in a university class using a cyclic constant improvement process.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number5454284
Pages (from-to)114-124
Number of pages11
JournalIEEE Transactions on Education
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2011


  • Collaborative learning
  • Web 2.0
  • social networking
  • wiki

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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