Wouldn’t it be easier to study as a group and access the information at your fingertips? Take for example studying while in a bus or on the subway rather than at home alone. Guess what? This is possible and easy to do with a little help from the Cloud! For those of you who are new to the concept of cloud storage, think of it as saving your documents online instead of on your hard drive. The bonus to cloud storage is the ability to easily share with other users from anywhere on the planet. The document or wiki is a website or file that allows collaborative editing of its content and structure by its users. In other words, you construct your learning together. Before you start planning your Wiki, take a moment and ask yourself these three questions:
- Do I have enough to time to prepare for the upcoming exam?
- Do I know each topic in the depth that may be covered on the exam?
- Do I clearly understand all the material presented in class?
If you have said ‘no’ to any one of these questions, then it’s time to consider using a Wiki document. A Wiki can be created as a study group with guidance from your instructor. Here’s how it works:
- Choose a Cloud drive that will offer file sharing (i.e., Google or OneDrive).
- Create a new document
- Add a table in the new document and enter the topics for study or discussion
- Save this (and remember to keep saving as you update)
- From the Sharing options, create a link and send to all parties involved
- Remember to include an explanation of what you expect users to do once they have access to the document
- Invite your instructor to help guide you or to moderate the Wiki
The benefits of creating a Wiki, if done with someone who can validate the information, generates a richer experience for the learner that involves: building community, collaborative learning, saving time, gaining a greater understanding of the subject matter, validating your knowledge and challenging yourself.
Once you’ve created your Wiki, show it to your Instructor to ensure that all the information is accurate and clear. Now you’re good to study on the go!