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    Use and acceptance of Wiki systems for students of veterinary medicine (2013)

    Art
    Zeitschriftenartikel / wissenschaftlicher Beitrag
    Autoren
    Kolski, Darius (WE 19)
    Arlt, Sebastian (WE 19)
    Birk, Stephan
    Heuwieser, Wolfgang (WE 19)
    Quelle
    GMS Zeitschrift für medizinische Ausbildung; 30(1) — S. 9–15
    ISSN: 1860-7446
    Sprache
    Englisch
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    URL (Volltext): http://edocs.fu-berlin.de/docs/receive/FUDOCS_document_000000019483
    DOI: 10.3205/zma000853
    Pubmed: 23467415
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    Abstract / Zusammenfassung

    Objective: Wiki systems are gaining importance concerning the use in education, especially among young users. The aim of our study was to examine, how students of veterinary medicine commonly use wiki systems, whether they consider a veterinary wiki system useful and if they would participate in writing content. Methodology: For data collection a questionnaire was provided to students (n=210) of the faculty of Veterinary Medicine at the Freie Universität Berlin, Germany. It contained questions regarding the use of Wikipedia in general and concerning educational issues. Results: Most respondents, especially students in the first years, had comprehensive experience in the use of Wikipedia and veterinary wiki systems. In contrast, the experience in writing or editing of information was low (8.6% Wikipedia, 15.3% veterinary wiki systems). Male students had significantly more writing experience than females (p=0,008). In addition, students of the higher years were more experienced in writing and editing than students of the first year (7.4% in the 4(th) year). The familiarity with wiki systems offered by universities was low. The majority of students (96.2%) are willing to use veterinary wiki systems as an information tool in the future. Nevertheless, only a low percentage is willing to write or edit content. Many students, however, expect a better learning success when writing own texts. In general, students consider the quality of information in a wiki system as correct. Conclusion: In conclusion, wiki systems are considered a useful tool to gain information. This will lead to a successful implementation of wiki systems in veterinary education. A main challenge will be to develop concepts to activate students to participate not only in reading but in the writing and editing process.