Pros and Cons of Wikis and Blogs

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Some pros and cons of wikis and blogs in learning

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  • 1. Learning with Technologies
    by Dr. Kelly Edmonds
  • 2. Presentation Outline
    Learning and teaching context
    Engaging and learning with blogs
    Engaging and learning with wikis
  • 3. Context
    Learning and Teaching
  • 4. Context: how you see learning is how you build learning
    Teaching
    Learning
    Learning styles
    Audio/visual/kinesthetic
    Diverger/converger/accomodator/assimilator
    Independent/participatory
    Introverted/extroverted
    Multiple intelligences
    Learning theories
    Constructivism
    Social learning
    Connectivism
    Adult learning
    Experiential
    Situated
    Teaching preferences
    Teaching beliefs
    Learning goals
    Style of engaging
    Design expertise
    Technology expertise
  • 5. Engaging and Learning through Blogs
    Express - Share - Interact
  • 6. Engaging and Learning through Blogs
    Learning Potential:
    • Learner–created content
    • 7. Short articulate entries
    • 8. Currency
    • 9. Series of ideas: process, parts, reactions, opinions, redistribute
    • 10. Various writing levels: formal, informal, expressive, whimsical
    • 11. Choice of expression
    • 12. e-Portfolio
    • 13. Increased information and technology literacy skills
    Interaction:
    • Reader interaction, dialogue
    • 14. Public or private postings
    • 15. Moderated comments
    • 16. Student-student, student-teacher, and student-content (Moore, 1989)
    Logistics:
    • Online or blended learning
    • 17. Individual, partners, or groups
    • 18. Embed links, multimedia
    • 19. Follow through feeds (RSS)
    • 20. Free, easy use (WordPress)
    • 21. Personal design and management
  • Challenges:
    • Moderating and filtering appropriate language and comments
    • 22. Quality of writing
    • 23. Ensuring learning
    • 24. Assessing learning
    • 25. Overwhelming postings and interactions
    • 26. Intimidation
    • 27. Redundancy
    • 28. Copyright issues
  • Engaging and Learning through Wikis
    Collaborate - Compose - Present
  • 29. Engaging and Learning through Wikis
    Benefits:
    • Live, dynamic writing piece
    • 30. History of edits
    • 31. Discussion forums
    • 32. Tag and link content
    • 33. Focus on writing quality
    • 34. Present learning
    • 35. Free, easy use (Wikispaces)
    • 36. User designed and managed
    • 37. Private or public viewings
    • 38. Individual or collaborative use
    • 39. Online and blended learning
    Challenges:
    • Cultural resistance
    • 40. Effective collaboration
    • 41. Shared dynamic process
    • 42. Clear communication
    • 43. Varied expectations
    • 44. Assessing learning