Wiki ideas for math, science, history and literature courses

Posted on: March 3, 2017 | By: Cheri Crabb, PhD | Filed under: Instructional Technologies, Moodle, Teaching & Learning

Idea with a Post-it noteA wiki is a collection of collaboratively authored web documents that has many class uses.  Here are some suggestions to use wikis in your Math, Science, History and Literature classes.


  • Calculus or statistics space for difficult problems so students can collaborate to find solutions and see different approaches to the same tasks.
  • Applied concepts where students discuss and illustrate the actual use of concepts in daily life.
  • Detailed and illustrated descriptions of mathematical procedures with examples of daily use.


  • Students create a taxonomy of living creatures including illustrations.
  • A repository of experimental designs and lab reports for a chemistry class.
  • Detailed and illustrated descriptions of scientific processes or observations from field sites, such as water-testing in local streams or weather observations.


  • A mock-debate between candidates on specific political stands.
  • Detailed and illustrated descriptions of governmental processes.
  • A documentation of local historical buildings, events, or people within a community.


  • An online poetry or writing tutoring center facilitated by students.
  • Students write scripts for a Shakespeare scene reset in the 21st century and explain the differences in literary devices then and now.
  • A catalog of musical styles, musical instruments, fashion, or phrases used in literary readings.

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About the author

Cheri Crabb, PhD, Academic Technology Consultant with TLT, has a career in academia focused on instructional design and development using integrated electronic media systems for blended learning.

Cheri Crabb, PhD

I am dedicated to working with online faculty at Elon University and pride myself on designing quality curriculum advocating instructional technology usage. My career in academia is focused on instructional design and development using integrated electronic media systems. I earned my Doctor of Philosophy in Instructional Systems Design and Development from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University while representing NASA’s Office of Education as their first Graduate Studies Research Program doctoral fellowship recipient.

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