Pedagogical Uses of
 Wikis and Blogs


SOCHE/GCCCU Higher Education Conference
                       February 5, 2008
Pedagogical Uses of
Wikis and Blogs

   blogs and wikis
   use in education
   benefits
   challenges
   getting started
•   encourages student-faculty
                                                        interaction
                 Good P...
Good Practice
                                                    “Any given instructional strategy can be
               ...
Blogs                What’s a Blog?



• online journal or weblog
• posts displayed in reverse
  chronological order
• use...
Blogs                Who’s Blogging?




‣ personal diaries
‣ editorials/commentary
‣ news and information
‣ group and ind...
Blogs                   Blogs in Class



‣ teacher posts
‣ student responses
‣ student posts
‣ class v. individual blogs
...
Blogs                                         Pedagogical Benefits

   ‣ Blogs can promote critical
     and analytical th...
Blogs                    Pedagogical Benefits

‣ available anytime and almost
  anywhere; more time on
    task
‣   active...
Blogs           Pedagogical Challenges




‣ IT support?
‣ too many choices/features
‣ keep the writing on   task and
  su...
Blogs        Create Your Own


                          free hosting sites




    or download the software yourself
Wikis   What’s a Wiki?


                 • collaborative authoring
                 • users can
                   ‣ crea...
Wikis   Who’s Using a Wiki?


                ‣ content management system
                ‣ open encyclopedia
            ...
Wikis   Wikis in Class


                    ‣ repository for class
                         information and hub for
     ...
Wikis   Pedagogical Benefits
                ‣ available anytime and
                  almost anywhere; more
              ...
Wikis   Pedagogical Benefits



                ‣ emphasis on collaboration
                  and cooperation
             ...
Wikis   Pedagogical Challenges




                 ‣ IT support?
                 ‣ too many choices/features
           ...
Wikis   Create Your Own
‣ character of posts
‣ collaboration and
  interaction
‣ organization
‣ navigation
‣ user friendly




                   ...
‣ character of posts
‣ collaboration and
  interaction
‣ organization
‣ navigation
‣ user friendly




         ➡ Blog pos...
‣ character of posts
‣ collaboration and
  interaction
‣ organization
‣ navigation
‣ user friendly




         ➡ Blog pos...
‣ character of posts
‣ collaboration and
  interaction
‣ organization
‣ navigation
‣ user friendly


          ➡ Blog post...
‣ character of posts
‣ collaboration and
  interaction
‣ organization
‣ navigation
‣ user friendly


          ➡ Blog post...
‣ character of posts
‣ collaboration and
  interaction
‣ organization
‣ navigation
‣ user friendly


          ➡ Blogs are...
‣ character of posts
‣ collaboration and
  interaction
‣ organization
‣ navigation
‣ user friendly


          ➡ Blogs are...
‣ character of posts
‣ collaboration and
  interaction
‣ organization
‣ navigation
‣ user friendly



          ➡ Blogs le...
‣ character of posts
‣ collaboration and
  interaction
‣ organization
‣ navigation
‣ user friendly



          ➡ Blogs le...
‣ character of posts
‣ collaboration and
  interaction
‣ organization
‣ navigation
‣ user friendly


         ➡ Blogs tend...
‣ character of posts
‣ collaboration and
  interaction
‣ organization
‣ navigation
‣ user friendly


         ➡ Blogs tend...
Pedagogical Uses of
          Wikis and Blogs
                       Thank You
   Contact me with questions at garns@nku.e...
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  1. 1. Pedagogical Uses of Wikis and Blogs SOCHE/GCCCU Higher Education Conference February 5, 2008
  2. 2. Pedagogical Uses of Wikis and Blogs blogs and wikis use in education benefits challenges getting started
  3. 3. • encourages student-faculty interaction Good Practice • encourages cooperation among students • encourages active learning • gives prompt feedback 7 • emphasizes time on task principles of good practice in undergraduate education • communicates high expectations • respect diverse talents and ways of learning March 1987 AAHE Bulletin, Chickering and Gamson
  4. 4. Good Practice “Any given instructional strategy can be supported by a number of contrasting technologies (old and new), just as any given technology might support different instructional strategies. But for any given instructional strategy, some technologies 7 are better than others: Better to turn a screw with a screwdriver than a hammer principles of good practice — a dime may also do the trick, but a screwdriver is usually better.” in undergraduate education Arthur W. Chickering and Stephen C. Ehrmann IMPLEMENTING THE SEVEN PRINCIPLES: Technology as Lever March 1987 AAHE Bulletin, Chickering and Gamson
  5. 5. Blogs What’s a Blog? • online journal or weblog • posts displayed in reverse chronological order • users can ‣ easily post new entries ‣ comment on entries ‣ include media and external links ‣ archive and search previous posts
  6. 6. Blogs Who’s Blogging? ‣ personal diaries ‣ editorials/commentary ‣ news and information ‣ group and individual
  7. 7. Blogs Blogs in Class ‣ teacher posts ‣ student responses ‣ student posts ‣ class v. individual blogs ‣ assigned v. informal writing ‣ class blog as internet and media hub
  8. 8. Blogs Pedagogical Benefits ‣ Blogs can promote critical and analytical thinking. ‣ Blogging can be a powerful promoter of creative, intuitive, and associational thinking. ‣ Blogs promote analogical thinking. ‣ Blogs increase access to quality information ‣ Blogging combines the best of solitary reflection and social interaction. Fernette Eide M.D. and Brock Eide M.D. M.A. http://www.eideneurolearningblog.blogspot.com/
  9. 9. Blogs Pedagogical Benefits ‣ available anytime and almost anywhere; more time on task ‣ active learning; encourage participation; investment in the course ‣ build community; promote interaction ‣ develop expertise through writing and debate ‣ encounter diverse perspectives ‣ repository for class material/ media
  10. 10. Blogs Pedagogical Challenges ‣ IT support? ‣ too many choices/features ‣ keep the writing on task and substantive ‣ maintain decorum ‣ assessment
  11. 11. Blogs Create Your Own free hosting sites or download the software yourself
  12. 12. Wikis What’s a Wiki? • collaborative authoring • users can ‣ create, edit and delete pages ‣ user friendly markup language ‣ easily link one page to another ‣ comment on text ‣ review the history of changes
  13. 13. Wikis Who’s Using a Wiki? ‣ content management system ‣ open encyclopedia ‣ collaborative workspace ‣ information source
  14. 14. Wikis Wikis in Class ‣ repository for class information and hub for class activity ‣ collaborative group projects ‣ writing and revision assignments ‣ creating a class text ‣ student portfolios ‣ collaboration among faculty
  15. 15. Wikis Pedagogical Benefits ‣ available anytime and almost anywhere; more time on task ‣ active learning; encourage participation; investment in the course ‣ build community; promote interaction ‣ develop expertise through writing and debate ‣ encounter diverse perspectives ‣ repository for class material/ media
  16. 16. Wikis Pedagogical Benefits ‣ emphasis on collaboration and cooperation ‣ more complex peer working relationships requiring negotiation ‣ greater emphasis on revision process ‣ emphasis on associations and conceptual relationships
  17. 17. Wikis Pedagogical Challenges ‣ IT support? ‣ too many choices/features ‣ vandalism ‣ loss of control ‣ process of peer revision ‣ assessment
  18. 18. Wikis Create Your Own
  19. 19. ‣ character of posts ‣ collaboration and interaction ‣ organization ‣ navigation ‣ user friendly Blogs v. Wikis
  20. 20. ‣ character of posts ‣ collaboration and interaction ‣ organization ‣ navigation ‣ user friendly ➡ Blog posts tend to be more personal and reflective; they are static and aimed at more immediate availability. ➡ Wiki entries tend to be less personal, more informational; they are dynamic but aimed at long-term availability.
  21. 21. ‣ character of posts ‣ collaboration and interaction ‣ organization ‣ navigation ‣ user friendly ➡ Blog posts tend to be more personal and reflective; they are static and aimed at more immediate availability. ➡ Wiki entries tend to be less personal, more informational; they are dynamic but aimed at long-term availability.
  22. 22. ‣ character of posts ‣ collaboration and interaction ‣ organization ‣ navigation ‣ user friendly ➡ Blog posts tend to be individual efforts, though there may be opportunities for comment and discussion; build community through shared interests emphasis on generation of a product. ➡ Wiki entries tend to be highly collaborative and cooperative endeavors; build community through shared effort; focus on the revision process.
  23. 23. ‣ character of posts ‣ collaboration and interaction ‣ organization ‣ navigation ‣ user friendly ➡ Blog posts tend to be individual efforts, though there may be opportunities for comment and discussion; build community through shared interests emphasis on generation of a product. ➡ Wiki entries tend to be highly collaborative and cooperative endeavors; build community through shared effort; focus on the revision process.
  24. 24. ‣ character of posts ‣ collaboration and interaction ‣ organization ‣ navigation ‣ user friendly ➡ Blogs are organized chronologically, with an emphasis on external connections. Blogs provide a publication space. ➡ Wikis present a web-like structure, a more spatial layout, with an emphasis on both internal and external connections. Wikis provide a work space.
  25. 25. ‣ character of posts ‣ collaboration and interaction ‣ organization ‣ navigation ‣ user friendly ➡ Blogs are organized chronologically, with an emphasis on external connections. Blogs provide a publication space. ➡ Wikis present a web-like structure, a more spatial layout, with an emphasis on both internal and external connections. Wikis provide a work space.
  26. 26. ‣ character of posts ‣ collaboration and interaction ‣ organization ‣ navigation ‣ user friendly ➡ Blogs lend themselves to more lineal or chronological order and navigation; the starting point is now. ➡ Wikis lend themselves to semantic navigation based on relationships between pages; there is no starting point.
  27. 27. ‣ character of posts ‣ collaboration and interaction ‣ organization ‣ navigation ‣ user friendly ➡ Blogs lend themselves to more lineal or chronological order and navigation; the starting point is now. ➡ Wikis lend themselves to semantic navigation based on relationships between pages; there is no starting point.
  28. 28. ‣ character of posts ‣ collaboration and interaction ‣ organization ‣ navigation ‣ user friendly ➡ Blogs tend to provide a formatting menu bar; no html or special markup language required; creating new posts is easy. ➡ Wikis also provide a formatting menu bar, but typically use a simple markup language; no html required; page creation, revision and deletion are easy.
  29. 29. ‣ character of posts ‣ collaboration and interaction ‣ organization ‣ navigation ‣ user friendly ➡ Blogs tend to provide a formatting menu bar; no html or special markup language required; creating new posts is easy. ➡ Wikis also provide a formatting menu bar, but typically use a simple markup language; no html required; page creation, revision and deletion are easy.
  30. 30. Pedagogical Uses of Wikis and Blogs Thank You Contact me with questions at garns@nku.edu This slideshow and links to additional resources will be available at http://www.rudygarns.com/POD/doku.php?id=soche2008

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