In one Moodle assignment we were given the restriction of working within a wiki without access to the forum. It’s a different experience when you are doing this in an LMS and you see challenges and affordances of the wiki within a broader context. An affordance of course is a page magically appearing, enhanced and added to or edited by various people in the community. A challenge is to let your ideas and words float out into the ether, for others to change. Personal ownership takes a backseat to the group. Also it is difficult to tie this process into the main stream of the course. But it really is a marvellous thing seeing everyone’s contribution melding into one flat document. Some form of emergence.
I like the instructional strategy of trying to take a learning technology and play with it experientially and experimentally at the same time–see how far it can be stretched in terms of its own tools and features. Play with it till you hit the wall. (Whether it is a personal, social or structural wall…well that’s another whole discussion. ) But it must be done with caution and an appropriate scaffolding, or else unnecessary frustration may be part of the outcome.