Blogs and Wikis for Reflection and Collaboration

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I beginners guide to using Blogs and Wikis as Educational tools

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  • Mention microblogs such as Twitter and Facebook
  • Brainstorm: the need to publish to be found, to create a network to reflect to share ideas and receive feedback/ comments to collaborate Notes: introduce web2.0 & read/write web stepping out of comfort zone new rules opinions vs facts
  • Branstorm blogs they know of getting started, defining what your blog is for, checking out the competition, finding relevant info to post, learn as you go
  • practicums research Groupwork personal reflection
  • RSS - really simple syndication Streaming information to your desktop Try to subscribe to a blog – what are the issues?
  • discuss in pairs their ideas for their own blog or a student activity with a blog come up with a 'next step plan' - what will they do when they leave this room and how will they do it
  • Reflection = personal space/thoughts/opinions/ideas Collaboration = groupwork interchangeable
  • Each wiki has its own rules of engagement, setup and registration options. All use Dekiwiki by Mindtouch
  • Click on arrows for examples
  • Examples at MQ of using wikis with Students – Greg Walkerden (Pbwiki); Boris Handal (studentwiki) need access rights to view
  • Tags vs Categories Keywords, index, metadata, V important for finding pages. Search engine based on the tagging of pages
  • Technologies in Learning and Teaching – link to Good Practice Guidelines
  • Blogs and Wikis for Reflection and Collaboration

    1. 1. Blogs and Wikis as Reflection and Collaboration Tools Image: eurovision.tv Elaine Huber Martin Parisio Lyn Collins Learning & Teaching Centre
    2. 2. Outcomes <ul><li>explain what a Blog and a Wiki are </li></ul><ul><li>differentiate between the two tools and their uses </li></ul><ul><li>identify some educational uses of Blogs and Wikis </li></ul><ul><li>explain the importance of tagging </li></ul><ul><li>search for a Blog and add a comment </li></ul><ul><li>Use a wiki and perform some basic tasks </li></ul>
    3. 3. What is a Blog? <ul><li>A we blog is a hierarchy of text, images, media objects and data, arranged chronologically, that can be viewed in an HTML browser. </li></ul>CommonCraft on YouTube Harvard.edu ” “
    4. 4. Why Blog? http://twentyfivedays.wordpress.com/
    5. 5. Blogs we know and love <ul><li>LTC: http://www.mq.edu.au/ltc/blog/ </li></ul><ul><li>VC: http://www.vc.mq.edu.au/blog/ </li></ul><ul><li>Problogger </li></ul><ul><li>Seth Goddin </li></ul><ul><li>How to blog as a newbie </li></ul><ul><li>The 11 fastest ways to kill your blog </li></ul>Image from: inetseed.com/blog/
    6. 7. http://www.edtechpost.ca/gems/matrix2.gif
    7. 8. Case Study <ul><li>Jenny Nicholls Podcast Sample Student Blog </li></ul>Flickr photo:NickHarris
    8. 9. Blogging Platform Edublogs http://edublogs.org/ 20MB free WordPress http://wordpress.org/ Blogger https://www.blogger.com/start TypePad http://www.typepad.com/about/ 2GB $5 EDNA http://me.edu.au Blackboard inside the Discussions tool
    9. 10. Blog Search Is Blog searching Dead?
    10. 12. Pairwork PAIRS Photo: champz.co.uk
    11. 13. What is a wiki? <ul><li>A wiki is a website that allows the easy creation and editing of any number of interlinked web pages via a web browser using a simplified markup language or a WYSIWYG text editor. </li></ul>“ ” Wikipedia CommonCraft Video
    12. 14. SPOT THE DIFFERENCE
    13. 16. http://studentwiki.ltc.mq.edu.au/ http://ltcwiki.ltc.mq.edu.au/ http://sciencewiki.ltc.mq.edu.au/ http://artswiki.ltc.mq.edu.au/ http://hswiki.ltc.mq.edu.au/ http://bewiki.ltc.mq.edu.au/ http://mqwiki.ltc.mq.edu.au/ Wikis at MQ
    14. 17. Core Wiki Features <ul><li>* Create and publish web pages > </li></ul><ul><li>* Store and share files - document repository </li></ul><ul><li>* Edit documents collaboratively > </li></ul><ul><li>email vs wikis workflow </li></ul><ul><li>* Feedback and discussion over content > </li></ul>
    15. 18. Wikis in Education http://learninglab.lincoln.ac.uk/wiki/Wiki-tivities_bibliography There is evidence that user-created content encourages deeper engagement with learning, through the act of authoring, simply because the awareness of an audience, no matter how virtual or tentative, encourages more thoughtful construction of writing. (Jacobs, 2003) in Wheeler S, Yeomans P and Wheeler D (2008) The good, the bad and the wiki: Evaluating student-generated content for collaborative learning. British Journal of Educational Technology, 39 (6), 987-965.
    16. 20. TILT Photo: synapseholdings.com http://www.mq.edu.au/ltc/projects/curriculum_renewal/tilt_good_practice.htm
    17. 21. Outcomes Questions Photo:flickr Feedback

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