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So you've heard people talking about them, but are blogs and wikis just another technology fad? This interactive seminar will help you to understand why the latest wave of collaborative e-learning tools should have a place in your training toolbox and what you need to do in order to start using them: Blogs and wikis explained, including live demonstrations; The value of using blogs and wikis as e-learning tools; What information technology you need to host a blog or wiki; Other issues related to using blogs and wikis in organisations; and How to get started with your own blog.
This presentation was made at a joint meeting of the Australian Institute of Training and Development (AITD) and ACT-KM on 30th March, 2005, in Canberra, Australia.

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  • 1. Chief Technology Solutions www.chieftech.com.au Blogs & Wikis for Trainers 30 March 2005 1 © 2005
  • 2. Chief Technology Solutions www.chieftech.com.au Tonight's Agenda Blogs and wikis explained ● Blogs and wikis as e-learning tools ● Information technology ● Other organisational issues ● Getting started with your own blog ● 2 © 2005
  • 3. Chief Technology Solutions www.chieftech.com.au Why all the hype? The information revolution ● The pervasiveness of information and ● communication technology (ICT) The Open Source movement ● The Internet, globalisation and ● “disintermediation” The Net generation ● 3 © 2005
  • 4. Chief Technology Solutions www.chieftech.com.au Definitions RSS Readers or Aggrigators RSS (XML) Weblogs Wiki Wiki (or Blogs) (or Wiki) 4 © 2005
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  • 12. Chief Technology Solutions www.chieftech.com.au Blogs & Wikis in E-Learning Asynchronous e-learning activites: ● – Alternatives to “traditional” forums or bulletin boards – Group work – Personal learning diary or journal Learning portals ● E-portfolios ● Other uses by trainers include marketing, ● communication and course development 12 © 2005
  • 13. Chief Technology Solutions www.chieftech.com.au Benefits of Blogging Learning through active scouring, filtering ● and posting. Increases interest and ownership in learning. ● Oppourtunities to participate and share ● diverse ideas. Helps to create a community of learners. ● Read more at http://www.thejournal.com/magazine/vault/A4677.cfm 13 © 2005
  • 14. Chief Technology Solutions www.chieftech.com.au Five Stage Blogging Process Source: http://www.flexiblelearning.net.au/knowledgetree/edition04/html/blogging_to_learn_intro.html 14 © 2005
  • 15. Chief Technology Solutions www.chieftech.com.au http://edlaw.jot.com/WikiHome 15 © 2005
  • 16. Chief Technology Solutions www.chieftech.com.au RSS Reader Blog Wiki 16 © 2005
  • 17. Chief Technology Solutions www.chieftech.com.au Information Technology Typically you will Issues to consider: need: Open Source vs ● Server plus Blog or commercial options ● Wiki software Inhouse or hosted ● Web-browser ● Security and ● Optional: RSS firewalls ● Reader or The “Collaborative ● Aggrigator Ecology” in your organisation 17 © 2005
  • 18. Chief Technology Solutions www.chieftech.com.au Other Organsational Issues There is more to corporate blogs and wikis than the technology! Copyright and intellectual property ● Corporate information security ● Privacy ● Inappropriate content ● Fit with existing business culture ● 18 © 2005
  • 19. Chief Technology Solutions www.chieftech.com.au FYI – Demo Specifications HP Compaq laptop running Windows ● Uniform Server (http://www.uniformserver.com/) ● “run out of the box” package that includes: – Apache Webserver & PHP Simple Blog (http://www.simplephpblog.com/) ● QwikiWiki (http://www.qwikiwiki.com/) ● FeedDemon trial version (http://www.bradsoft.com/) ● Web browser – e.g. Internet Explorer, Mozilla etc ● NOTE: These are not recommendations. Seek advice and support for your specific circumstances. 19 © 2005
  • 20. Chief Technology Solutions www.chieftech.com.au Get Your Own Blog Free ● Web-based ● Group blogging ● E-mail posting ● No knowledge of ● html required, but it helps http://www.blogger.com/ I use it! ● 20 © 2005
  • 21. Chief Technology Solutions www.chieftech.com.au Contact Details Also find me in... James Dellow 0414 233711 james.dellow@chieftech.com.au Web: http://www.chieftech.com.au/ Further Reading: http://chieftech.blogspot.com/2005/03/blogging- and-e-learning.html 21 © 2005