I am in the search of the omnificent Web 2.0 tool... but I have not found it... The closest I came to it was Blackboard (Bb) by far but it lacks of the social aspect. Maybe Google+ or Google Sites is toward that utopia... but still feels too stiff.
In this assignment I planned for the students to build a Wiki for terms of the chapters covered in the next exam. I created wikis before in my Statistics courses since Fall 2010 in Bb (which I lost... a sad long story). Last semester I started using Wikispaces in my Spring 2013 connection with Cyndi Casey from CLIP. I selected that wiki platform based on it easiness and social openness.
This semester, I am trying out Piazza for my Fall 2013 connection and also as an LMS. As replacement for Bb, it allows me to add students from a different class that can be managed in as a separate group.
I am connecting again with one of Cyndi Casey's groups from the CLIP program. The connection consists in participation of all students registered in Piazza in the Discussion Boards. During the semester, there are going to be 6 Discussion Boards with topics that vary from the usual presentation to discussion of research paper and articles about Statistics in our daily life. The main goal of the connection, is to promote critical thinking through quantitative reasoning.
If you want to see a demo of my Piazza course, click here.
Using Piazza has been a great experience specially since it supports math language writing. Unfortunately, it is not suitable (at least for my taste) to create wikis. There are creative ways to use it for that purpose which don't convinced me. Specially, to track individual changes to a page. I cannot use Bb again since I want to leave the chance open for using the wikis as an add-on to my connection. These conditions leave me with the only option of using Wikispaces again and drop the possibility of using a great math-language writing feature.
... I hope I can explore Piazza more to use it for wikis as well...