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Web 2.0: Blogs & Wikis, Adam Smith College


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  • 1. Web 2.0 –Blogs & Wikis An Introduction Carol Walker eLearning Advisor (Learning Technology) JISC Regional Support Centre Scotland North & East
  • 2. Regional Support Centre Scotland North & East
  • 3. What’s it all about?
  • 4. 1995 Way back when…
  • 5. Web 2.0 – The next phase
  • 6. A content publishing system where entries are made over time. The most recent entry is at the top of the page. Similar in style to a journal. define:keyword e.g. define:blog TIP In Google What is a blog?
  • 7. Anatomy of a Blog
  • 8. Blog Title One entry – most recent at top Date stamped Each entry has short, concise title Can contain multimedia – images, video and audio Content – can link to other resources with hyperlinks Comments from your blog readers Readers can subscribe to your blog to get automatic updates
  • 9. What’s out there?
    • Video Blog or Vlog
    • Photoblog
    • Podcast*
    • Personal
    • Travel
    • Political
    • Education
    By Media Type By Genre * Doesn’t necessarily have to be a blog though
  • 10. Why use a blog? A reflective diary A place to organise your thoughts A collaborative space A mechanism for sharing experiences A means of gaining feedback Your space on the web …
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    • Communities
    • Computing
    • Construction
    • Fire and Rescue Service
    • Media Studies
    • Employability
    • Access to Life and Leisure
    Duncan Gillespie & Robert Brown (Dumfries & Galloway College) “ Supporting the development of e-Portfolios has moved on significantly since involvement in the ISLE project. By using Web 2.0 technologies in a structured and simple way, we have developed staff and student skills, which will equip them for the future and add real value to the educational experience.” Template for ePortfolio
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  • 14. Intute: health & life sciences blog
  • 15. Glasgow School of Art – Library Blog
  • 16. Is it Complicated? No! All you do is fill in a form… … no programming skills required
  • 17. Where do you find blogs? Technorati Google
  • 18. Subscribing to a blog
    • RSS Readers – lots of options
      • Web-based – Bloglines , Google Reader
    Analogy: subscribing to an rss feed can be likened to taking out a magazine subscription TIP
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    • Daily?
    • Weekly?
    • Monthly?
    • Anonymous?
    • First Name?
    • Full Name?
    • Alias?
    Some Things to Consider… 1. What is the purpose of your blog? 2. What about frequency, identitiy, visibility… FREQUENCY IDENTITY VISIBILITY
    • Private?
    • Public?
  • 21. Blogs – Hands on Have a look at some of the examples Search for some blogs on the topic of your choice using one of the blog search engines Setting up a blog Part 1 Part 2
  • 22. Setting up a blog
  • 23. Discussion - Uses
  • 24. JISC Legal Information Service JISC Legal is a free information service offering high quality legal information to further and higher education relating to the use of information and communications technologies. We run training events, provide publications, and offer an enquiry service. Legal Implications – Help
  • 25. Legal Implications “ Basically for colleges and universities the data protection and other legal issues remain the same for an institution when using blogs, wiki's, podcasts etc as for other media.” “ It is up to universities and colleges to manage the risk as they have to do with other means of communication. Therefore for example Data Protection, AUPs, Copyright Policies, Staff contracts/policies/handbooks etc all have to be updated to ensure that it is understood that these 'new' media are included.” Source: JISC Legal
  • 26. Source: JISC Legal Legal guide from Stanford University at Universities Legal Briefings at The relevant section is the Human Resources section - piece titled 'Blog off! - tackling the risks of blogging‘ For a look at what UK universities are doing see the following guidelines for students at : Warwick University University of Sunderland Legal Implications – Help
  • 27. Web2Rights
  • 28. Guidelines for using external services
  • 29. JISC infoNet – Social Software
  • 30. Educause - 7 things you should know about…
  • 31. Intute – virtual training suite
  • 32. intute - vts: business studies (fe)‏
  • 33. Wiki is defined as: “A type of web page designed so that its content can be edited by anyone who accesses it, using a simplified mark-up language.” Wikis – An Overview
  • 34. Wiki examples
    • Wikipedia
    • Wiki selection tool
    • Set up a free wiki
      • PB Wiki
        • Example password: blogs3
      • Wet Paint
  • 35. Wiki pros and cons?
    • No programming skills required
    • Easy to update
    • One version of docs
    • Vandalism
    • Edit Wars
    • Ideas can become skewed over time
    Pros Cons
  • 36. pbwiki – access settings
  • 37. wikis
  • 38. Blogs vs Wikis Blog: It’s your content. No one can change it. Users can comment on your posts (content)* Wiki: Everyone can (potentially) add to or change the content *You can turn comments on or off ###!! ###!! ###!! ###!! Wiki
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  • 40. Next Steps... ? ? ?