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Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Davids versus Goliath: a comparison of wikis versus Blackboard CMS

In almost a decade in higher ed on both sides of the classroom (and in the middle, as a consultant helping other teachers integrate technology into their courses), I've seen an interesting shift in what's available for teachers, and what they're choosing to use. Back in the late 1990s when I was an undergrad, most teachers who were tech savvy were using standard web pages, slideware (PowerPoint), and email. Right around 1999 the course management system (CMS) started to appear on the scene, and two main choices were available, Blackboard and WebCT.

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About Stewart Mader:
Stewart Mader is Wiki Evangelist for Atlassian Software Systems. He also publishes the blog Using Wiki in Education, which focuses on using the wiki for collaborative curriculum development and group learning, and includes interviews with wiki makers and users, example wiki uses, and product reviews. In October 2006, he published a wiki-based book containing 10 case studies from teachers using the wiki to transform courses and engage today’s students in a range of environments. This is the first book to focus specifically on the wiki in education and be developed and published using a wiki, so it actively demonstrates the tool in action