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WikiVet: building a community of practice to support a self-sustaining wiki for veterinary education


Brown, G and Quentin-Baxter, M and Belshaw, Z, WikiVet: building a community of practice to support a self-sustaining wiki for veterinary education, International Journal of Web Based Communities, 6, (2) ISSN 1477-8394 (2010) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2010 Inderscience Publishers

DOI: doi:10.1504/IJWBC.2010.032234


A collaborative 'community of practice' has been established between all seven UK veterinary schools to establish 'WikiVet', an online, content-and activity-rich wiki to support veterinary education (facilitated by the Higher Education Academy Subject Centre for Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary Medicine and funded by the Joint Information Systems Committee). There were strong pedagogic and financial reasons to develop a self-sustaining, shared wiki for supporting undergraduate and post-registration veterinary education in the UK. Students have developed and maintained the wiki with the support of subject specialists who reviewed the accuracy and quality of the materials. The community of practice relied on communication through face-to-face meetings, Web 2.0 tools and online chat to decide how and when to update the content. The initial focus on establishing educational content in pathology has now been extended to most areas of the veterinary curriculum. There has been significant interest across the international veterinary community as the wiki has the potential to engender international participation which could substantially increase the user base, breadth and depth of content. Dissemination will continue to raise awareness and uptake of the wiki.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:veterinary education, curriculum development, self-sustainability, student authorship, pathology, Web 20, WikiVet, communities of practice, collaboration, e-learning, electronic learning, content-rich wikis, activity-rich wikis
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Education systems
Research Field:Higher education
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Teaching and curriculum
Objective Field:Assessment, development and evaluation of curriculum
UTAS Author:Quentin-Baxter, M (Professor Megan Quentin-Baxter)
ID Code:106359
Year Published:2010
Deposited By:Faculty of Health
Deposited On:2016-02-07
Last Modified:2016-08-11

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