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

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)247-263
Number of pages17
JournalEuropean Journal of Engineering Education
Issue number2
Early online date16 Jun 2017
DateAccepted/In press - 6 May 2017
DateE-pub ahead of print - 16 Jun 2017
DatePublished (current) - 4 Mar 2018


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.

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

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