Creating community through the Use of a class wiki

Kirsten A. Johnson, Elizabethtown College
Jamie Bartolino, Elizabethtown College


This study examines the use of a class wiki in a course offered to incoming freshmen at a college in central Pennsylvania. The wiki was used to supplement instruction in a classroom-based course. The study shows that the wiki was helpful in building community among incoming students, and also helped them to grow academically in the course. The class wiki also helped foster positive feelings toward the course as well as students' first semester at the college. © 2009 Springer Berlin Heidelberg.