The wiki is an awesome tool for collaborative learning. Let’s take it one step further though and add some motivation. Let’s turn it into a competition.
What we are going to do is divide the class up into several groups. We’ll then create groups within our Moodle course to reflect this. Now create a wiki for each group and set the permissions so that each group can only edit their own wiki.
Each group is going to get a different aspect or topic to cover and they must create a set of study notes in the wiki.
Now we will set up a choice activity and the choices will be the different wiki’s. The idea is that you will use the choice activity as a voting mechanism. Every student must vote on which set of study notes they think is the most useful. (Create a rule that they cannot vote for their own wiki and anyone found doing so will be penalised.) To make it more interesting you could get the students to vote on a regular basis so the groups know where they stand.
There will be a prize for the group that gets the most votes.
Now students are motivated. They will need to be checking out the other groups wiki’s in order to see how they compare and in doing so, will be indirectly learning the material. If the prize is worth competing for then they will also be motivated to do good work. This will all lead to a great set of study notes that everyone can take advantage of.