Wikis in chemistry and education


Martin A. Walker,, Department of Chemistry, SUNY Potsdam, 44 Pierrepont Ave, Potsdam, NY 13676 and Thomas B. Rauchfuss,, Department of Chemistry, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 600 S. Goodwin Ave., Urbana, IL 61801.
Wikis are revolutionizing the Web, allowing groups of people to collaborate remotely on projects such as Wikipedia, now the world's top reference website. Our students have grown up with the Web, and they feel "at home" in this online environment. The value of wikis as collaborative tools in education is only now beginning to be appreciated. The use of a wiki must be well planned; there must be clear goals in mind and an active community ready to contribute. This presentation will look at what has made sites like Wikipedia so successful and why other wikis have failed. It will review current uses of chemistry wikis and other educational sites, and outline how the field is likely to develop. Chemistry-specific wiki plugins and scripts will also be described. A wiki will be made available to allow attendees to discuss topics raised, and to access lists of useful educational websites.

Using Social Networking Tools to Teach Chemistry
1:30 PM-4:55 PM, Sunday, March 25, 2007 McCormick Place North -- Room N230B, Level 2, Oral

Division of Chemical Education

The 233rd ACS National Meeting, Chicago, IL, March 25-29, 2007