Peters, V. L., & Slotta, J. D. (2010). Content analysis of collaboratively constructed knowledge artifacts: Issues and opportunities for research. In K. Gomez, L. Lyons, & J. Radinsky (Eds.), Learning in the Disciplines: Proceedings of the 9th International Conference of the Learning Sciences (Vol. 2, pp. 117-124). Chicago, IL: ICLS.
New social media for collaborative knowledge construction, often associated with “Web 2.0,” represent an emerging context for the research of learning and instruction. Wikis, for example, allow methods of collaborative knowledge construction that were very difficult to achieve with previous technologies. Applications of wikis and related technologies (e.g., Drupal and Django) are blooming in every corner of society, influencing the ways in which people learn and exchange with one another. They are also making their way into our research, resulting in new methodological challenges concerning the analysis of collaboratively constructed materials. This symposium will discuss new methods of content analysis in wiki-environments. The symposium includes an international set of presenters from Canada, Belgium and Norway, representing a small but growing research community that are engaged in such investigations. Each paper will present the research context and method of content analysis that was developed to evaluate collaboration in a wiki environment.