So perhaps it’s understandable why I now, as an educator, am very reluctant to make my students do group work.
But God bless modernity! I am so excited at the possibility of using wikis in my classroom. I am so excited at never having to rely on a corny smile and nod to determine whether or not a student contributed to the group. I am so excited to never put the hard workers in the uncomfortable position of telling whether or not the other had actually contributed. I absolutely love the notion that the computer will tell me exactly who did what and when, and will tell me who changed anything along the way.
I know that many an educator swears by collaborative learning. I thank the concept of the wiki for reawakening in me the possibility of making it work.