Using wikis to investigate communication, collaboration and engagement in Capstone engineering design projects

L. Berthoud*, J. Gliddon

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

In today’s global Aerospace industry, virtual workspaces are commonly used for collaboration between geographically distributed multidisciplinary teams. This study investigated the use of wikis to look at communication, collaboration and engagement in ‘Capstone’ team design projects at the end of an engineering degree. Wikis were set up for teams of engineering students from different disciplinary backgrounds and years. The students’ perception of the usefulness of the tool were surveyed and the user contribution statistics and content categorisation were analysed for a case study wiki. Recommendations and lessons learned for the deployment of wikis are provided for interested academic staff from other institutions. Wikis were found to be of limited use to investigate levels of communication and collaboration in this study, but may be of interest in other contexts. Wikis were considered a potentially useful tool to track engagement for Capstone design projects in engineering subjects.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)247-263
Number of pages17
JournalEuropean Journal of Engineering Education
Volume43
Issue number2
Early online date16 Jun 2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 4 Mar 2018

Structured keywords

  • Engineering Education Research Group

Keywords

  • Capstone engineering project
  • collaboration
  • communication
  • engagement
  • Social media
  • wiki

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