Research Proving that Wikis are More Efficient than Email

via Stephen Downes and Miguel Guhlin

Those of us using wikis find the latest slide to be added to Don Tapscott's Anthony Williams' arsenal of no surprise. Anthony says:

“The model is courtesy of Chris Rasmussen at US National Geospatial Intelligence Agency. I presented this slide during a talk I gave at Nokia today and someone pointed out that the happy faces on the left probably ought to be frowning — he had a good point.”

This incredible chart says it all about the importance of wiki collaboration. This should also be a message to bloated bureaucracies looking to squeeze that last bit of efficiency out of already overworked staff.

However, learning to wiki isn't just about vocational “goodness,” but rather about an essential skill moving forward. Just as we teach word processing, wikis and blogs have to be standard inclusion.

I'd just hate to see wikis and blogs be taught as poorly as some teachers teach word processing. Maybe someone will let me write the book!? (In my spare time!)

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Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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eli s March 29, 2008 - 5:21 pm

Excellent reading comprehension!

Post was not written by Don Tapscott.

You did manage to use the word “duh” in your insult correctly. Well done.

eli s March 29, 2008 - 8:04 pm

Good luck with your work on anti-cyber bullying

Vicki A. Davis March 29, 2008 - 5:32 pm

@eli s –

I have corrected the attribution, thank you for bringing it to my attention.

As for the use of the word “duh” — I thought about that for a bit and it wasn’t meant as an insult to the research — more as — those of us using wikis found this one out a long time a go… however, it requires research to validate it for others to realize and understand what we’re saying.

Thanks for the lovely note.

Vicki A. Davis March 29, 2008 - 8:17 pm

@eli s-
I’m trying to understand the animosity I’m sensing here. I apologize, Anthony Williams (and yes, I did originally write Brent — today must be my day for misstypes) is an AMAZING person and I made a mistake. I have been corresponding with Don Tapscott about his work for horizon and made an honest mistake based on the Wikinomics Blog.

We all make mistakes sometimes. I really don’t like sarcasm on the Internet and should not have said thank you for the “lovely” note — when what I really mean is that your comment was pretty much very difficult to understand.

What are you disagreeing with? That I made a mistake in attribution? That you think that the research wasn’t important? That you don’t like my use of the word “duh”?

Really, you’re ambiguous and it leaves me trying to understand without getting your point. I believe every commenter has something valid to contribute and I’d love to understand your viewpoint.

As for the work on anti-cyberbullying… is this something you’re sensitive to? You see I was not bullied online but as a child for four horrible years and I don’t take any type of bullying lightly. If you have thoughts on that, it would be nice.

However, if you just don’t like me, you certainly have that right too. Best wishes, and I would love to understand where you’re coming from.

I apologize to Anthony Williams for my mistake. I do see now that it is a group blog and that there are many great authors there. I ask your forgiveness if it is you that I have offended.

Kate Olson March 30, 2008 - 1:52 am

Vicki –

I’d love some examples of how word processing is taught incorrectly – it would be useful to hear some of your experiences with this. Would you mind sharing?

wikigrrl March 31, 2008 - 5:20 pm

Hey Elias:

Lighten up. Don Tapscott is a bestselling author — do you think he cares if he gets attacked on a blog like this?

As for the irony of cyberbulling on this blog, I guess technically misrepresenting someone’s statement (the original post on Wikinomics didn’t say that the thought that wikis were helpful was important, just that the posted graphic made the point well) and using langauge like “duh” is bullying, it is a pretty mild form of it.

Mr. Tapscott is a public figure and likely has a pretty thick skin.

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