INTEGRATING GALLERY WALKS AND WIKIS TO EXTEND THE ACTIVE CLASSROOM ENVIRONMENT
Gallery Walks create a dynamic but transient learning environment that evaporates as everyone leaves at the end of class. Did students have enough time to fully appreciate each problem? To what extent will they retain information for their problem and for all the other problems they briefly faced? How can the information contained on each of the Post-it notes be made readily accessible to students after the exercise ends? To mitigate these concerns, the active learning environment can be extended beyond the classroom with the implementation of a course Wiki. Separate Wiki entries are created for each Gallery Walk problem. Student groups populate their entry with material from their Post-It Note as well as additional sources. Using a rubric each group evaluates two other entries - the results are compiled and shared with the class. Examples of Wiki entries and evaluations will be presented. An anonymous end of the course exit survey indicates students perceived Gallery Walks as a significantly more involving out-of-the-norm classroom activity, while Wikis were perceived more as an out-of-class extension of typical course activities. Students’ open-ended feedback indicated both tools enhanced learning.