Building online learning communities
with multiuser blogging environments

Presentation by
Michael Wilder
Agenda
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Challenges of online learning
What is multiuser blogging?
How can MU blogging be used in higher educat...
Challenges of online learning
Challenges of online learning
Interaction
• Student to content
• Student to student
• Student to instructor
Old Paradigm
Instructor – Student interaction
Challenges of online learning
Persistence of content
• No public archive
• No resources for capstone
Challenges of online learning
Closed system
• Student to world
• World to student
Challenges of online learning

Student ownership
• Control of learning environment
• Contribution to the curriculum
Overview
Overview

http://www.vegas-times.com/imd/
http://www.vegas-times.com/sloanc/

Overview

un & pw: sloanc
Overview
Overview
Overview
Easy Publication
Easy publication

•Full range of editing tools
•Spellcheck
•No Java!
•Copy & paste keyboard shortcuts
•Dr...
Overview
Overview
Overview
Overview
Overview
Overview
Overview
Overview
Overview
Overview
Syndication

Overview
Syndication

Overview
Overview
Overview
Overview
Overview
Social Media Hub
Social Media
Facebook “Page”
Automatic reposting of blog
posts with images and
podcasts.
Uses the RSS Grafitti app.
One-wa...
Mobile
Wptouch theme
Automatically adjusts WordPress
posts to display on iPhone, iPod
touch, Android mobile devices,
Palm ...
Integration into LMS
Customized Course menu
Most left navigation links in
contemporary learning
management systems
(Blackb...
Requirements
Hosting Solution
Server
• PHP
• MySQL
Domain name
Self-hosted
<100$ a year
Requirements
WordPress
Free
Open Source
Easy to install
Easy to update
Large development community
http://www.wordpress.or...
Requirements
BuddyPress
Free
Open Source
Easy to install
Easy to update
Large development community

http://www.buddypress...
Requirements
Themes
1000+ Free
1000+ Commercial
Easily customized
Easy to install
Easy to update
Large development communi...
Useful Plugins
• Akismet – spam protection
http://akismet.com/

• BuddyPress - Social networking
http://buddypress.org/

•...
Who else is using it?
WordPress in
Higher Education
200+ Major institutions
Worldwide
http://tinyurl.com/7tazukz
References
Brescia, W., & Miller, M. (2006). What's it worth? The perceived benefits of
instructional blogging. Electronic...
References
Kerawalla, L., Minocha, S., Kirkup, G., & Conole, G. (2008). An empirically grounded
framework to guide bloggin...
Credits/Contacts
This presentation made by:

Michael Wilder
Instructional Design Coordinator
E-mail | Web Site
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* What is multiuser blogging?
* How can MU blogging be used in higher education?
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    1. 1. Building online learning communities with multiuser blogging environments Presentation by Michael Wilder
    2. 2. Agenda • • • • • • Challenges of online learning What is multiuser blogging? How can MU blogging be used in higher education? Requirements Who else is using MU blogging environments? Questions
    3. 3. Challenges of online learning
    4. 4. Challenges of online learning Interaction • Student to content • Student to student • Student to instructor
    5. 5. Old Paradigm Instructor – Student interaction
    6. 6. Challenges of online learning Persistence of content • No public archive • No resources for capstone
    7. 7. Challenges of online learning Closed system • Student to world • World to student
    8. 8. Challenges of online learning Student ownership • Control of learning environment • Contribution to the curriculum
    9. 9. Overview
    10. 10. Overview http://www.vegas-times.com/imd/
    11. 11. http://www.vegas-times.com/sloanc/ Overview un & pw: sloanc
    12. 12. Overview
    13. 13. Overview
    14. 14. Overview
    15. 15. Easy Publication Easy publication •Full range of editing tools •Spellcheck •No Java! •Copy & paste keyboard shortcuts •Drag & drop media uploader •Custom visibility •Drafts •Built-in custom characters •Word count •Paste from text and MS Word •Categories •Metatags
    16. 16. Overview
    17. 17. Overview
    18. 18. Overview
    19. 19. Overview
    20. 20. Overview
    21. 21. Overview
    22. 22. Overview
    23. 23. Overview
    24. 24. Overview
    25. 25. Overview
    26. 26. Syndication Overview
    27. 27. Syndication Overview
    28. 28. Overview
    29. 29. Overview
    30. 30. Overview
    31. 31. Overview
    32. 32. Social Media Hub
    33. 33. Social Media Facebook “Page” Automatic reposting of blog posts with images and podcasts. Uses the RSS Grafitti app. One-way communication No privacy issues Also: Facebook Like Facebook Connect
    34. 34. Mobile Wptouch theme Automatically adjusts WordPress posts to display on iPhone, iPod touch, Android mobile devices, Palm Pre/Pixi and BlackBerry OS6 mobile devices. http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wptouch/
    35. 35. Integration into LMS Customized Course menu Most left navigation links in contemporary learning management systems (Blackboard, WebCT, Moodle, for example) can be completely customized.
    36. 36. Requirements Hosting Solution Server • PHP • MySQL Domain name Self-hosted <100$ a year
    37. 37. Requirements WordPress Free Open Source Easy to install Easy to update Large development community http://www.wordpress.org
    38. 38. Requirements BuddyPress Free Open Source Easy to install Easy to update Large development community http://www.buddypress.org
    39. 39. Requirements Themes 1000+ Free 1000+ Commercial Easily customized Easy to install Easy to update Large development community http://wordpress.org/extend/themes/
    40. 40. Useful Plugins • Akismet – spam protection http://akismet.com/ • BuddyPress - Social networking http://buddypress.org/ • bbPress – forum software http://bbpress.org/ • FeedWordPress – RSShttp://feedwordpress.radgeek.com/ • podPress – Podcasting solutionhttp://www.mightyseek.com/podpress/ • WordPress Wiki – Turn WP pages to wikihttp://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wordpresswiki/ • Wptouch – Format for mobilehttp://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wptouch/
    41. 41. Who else is using it? WordPress in Higher Education 200+ Major institutions Worldwide http://tinyurl.com/7tazukz
    42. 42. References Brescia, W., & Miller, M. (2006). What's it worth? The perceived benefits of instructional blogging. Electronic Journal for the Integration of Technology in Education, 5, 44-52. Downes, S. (2004). Educational blogging. EDUCAUSE Review, 39(5), 14-26. Ellison, N., & Wu, Y. (2008). Blogging in the classroom: a preliminary exploration of students attitudes and impact on comprehension. Journal of Educational Multimedia and Hypermedia, 17(1), 99-122. Glogoff, S. (2005). Instructional blogging: promoting interactivity, student-centered learning, and peer input. Innovate: Journal of Online Education, 1(5), Jenkins, H., Purushotma, R., Clinton, K., Weigel, M. & Robison, A. J. (2006). Confronting the Challenges of Participatory Culture: Media Education for the 21st Century, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Chicago, IL.
    43. 43. References Kerawalla, L., Minocha, S., Kirkup, G., & Conole, G. (2008). An empirically grounded framework to guide blogging in higher education. Journal of Computer Assisted Learning, 25, 31-42. Paulus, T., Payne, R., & Jahns, L. (2009). Am I making sense here? What blogging reveals about undergraduate student understanding. Journal for Interactive Online Learning, 8(1), 1-22. Xie, Y., Ke, F., & Sharma, P. (2008). The effect of peer feedback for blogging on college students' reflective learning processes. Internet and Higher Education, 11, 18-25.
    44. 44. Credits/Contacts This presentation made by: Michael Wilder Instructional Design Coordinator E-mail | Web Site
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