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  • 1. WIKIS AND BLOGS Jane Ellen Innes December 13, 2007
  • 2. What you need to know
    • What is a wiki? What is a blog?
    • How wikis and blogs can be used in the educational setting
    • Compare delivery platforms
    • Educational uses
  • 3. What is a wiki?
    • A website that allows visitors to add, remove, and edit content.
    • Collaborative technology for organizing information
    • Wikis allow for linking among any number of pages
    • Ease of interaction and use makes a wiki an effective tool for collaborative authoring.
  • 4. Potential Uses
    • Collaborative projects
    • Class intranet/staff intranet
    • Technical manuals
    • Subject guides
    • Meeting planning
  • 5. Examples
    • Davis, California Wiki (community wiki)
    • Ann Arbor Wiki (community wiki)
    • Ubuntu Team Wiki (collaborative work)
    • TaxAlmanac (collaborative work)
    • Ohio University Biz Wiki (subject guide)
    • Cleary Research Wiki (subject guide)
    • Book Lovers Wiki (subject guide)
  • 6. Wiki Structure
    • All wikis begin as a single, blank page
    • Additional pages are created and connected with hyperlinks
    • Pages can be edited by the community
    • Discussion page for each page
  • 7. Editing Wikis
    • Text can be formatted, styled
    • Links can be added
    • Syntax is not difficult, but it is different
    • Different from platform to platform
  • 8. Why do you want to use a wiki?
    • Easy to use – many WYSIWYG options
    • Many are free
    • Good tool for collaborating
    • Anyone can make changes
    • Excellent search capabilities
  • 9. More advantages
    • Quick to set up
    • No editing of HTML
    • No FTP
    • No waiting for webmaster to update your page
    • Good for content management
  • 10. Why not a wiki?
    • Too open?
    • Ownership of content
    • Control issues
    • Spam?
    • Different products have different features and benefits, different levels of security
  • 11. To host or not to host?
    • Considerations:
    • Programming language
    • Ease of use
    • Cost
    • Spam prevention
    • Security
    • Version Control
    • Non-Hosted Wikis
    • Mediwiki (wikipedia)
    • PmWiki (pmwiki.org)
    • Twiki
    • Hosted Wikis
    • Pbwiki ( http://pbwiki.com )
    • Wetpaint ( http://wetpaint.com )
    • Wikispaces ( http://www.wikispaces.com/ )
  • 12. Wiki Comparison
    • Wiki Matrix - http://www.wikimatrix.org/
      • Provides a comprehensive list of hosted and non-hosted wikis
      • Side-by-side comparison
  • 13. Getting Started
    • Create organizational structure
    • Put some content in before you go live
    • Create documentation
    • Plan for Spam
    • Security considerations
    • Invite others to add content
  • 14. Wikis v. Blogs
    • Wikis
    • No one owns content
    • Organized by links
    • Content can be changed and updated continually
    • Blogs
    • Author, or authors own content
    • Reverse chronological order
    • Posts are permanent
  • 15. Characteristics of Blogs
    • Tend to have short entries
    • Updated on a regular basis
    • Displayed in reverse chronological order
    • Options for comments/discussions
    • Personal, information writing
    • Fewer bells and whistles than web pages
  • 16. Blog Components
    • Title of Blog
    • Title of individual entry or posting
    • Date stamp for each entry
    • Text of entry (paragraphs, essay with links, names, current news)
    • Archives
    • Permalink – link to a permanent page for just one post
    • RSS Tag
    • Comments
  • 17. Reasons to Create a Blog
    • Marketing: promote events and programs
    • News – keep customers informed
    • Staff development
    • Knowledge sharing
    • Personal/Professional Development
  • 18. Considerations
    • Blog purpose?
    • Necessary technical support/equipment?
    • Ease of use (Windows Vista has an automatic blog posting feature)
    • Features (comments? Public or private?)
    • Cost – purchase software or use freeware?
    • Hosted or not?
  • 19. Two Options
    • Blogger ( http://www.blogger.com )
    • WordPress
    • ( http://www.wordpress.com )
  • 20. Cleary Library Blog (WordPress)
  • 21. Conclusion
    • Want to set up you own blog? Let me know if you’d like me to help
    • Take a look at the Cleary Research Wiki, a work-in-progress (http://resources.cleary.edu)
    • I’ll be working on the research guides over the next few months
    • Instructor recommended sites, other content appreciated.
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