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A paper presented at the 4th Plymouth e-Learning Conference, April 2009

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  • Wiki Blog Mashup: Aggregating social software to promote © Steve Wheeler, University of Plymouth, 2009 interactive learning Steve Wheeler University of Plymouth, UK www2.plymouth.ac.uk/distancelearning
  • Web 2.0 in education • ‘architecture of participation’ (O’Reilly, 2004) © Steve Wheeler, University of Plymouth, 2009 • participative online learning (Downes, 2005) • user generated content & ‘wisdom of crowds’ • ‘folksonomies’ through social tagging • sharing and collaboration • wikis, blogs, social networking, etc
  • From previous wiki studies... • Wikis contribute toward community building (Fuchs- Kittowski & Kohler, 2005) • Wiki content creation forms community (Ma & Yuen, © Steve Wheeler, University of Plymouth, 2009 2008) • wikis are best used over a period of time (Wheeler, 2009) • students use wikis in the classroom but rarely outside (Wheeler, et al, 2008) • students want some structure – wikis can be daunting (Wheeler, et al, 2007a) • wiki activities scaffold learning and encourage collaborative writing (Wheeler, et al, 2007b)
  • From previous blog studies... • Good for peer support and peer learning (Hall & Davison, 2007) • Used to generate work based electronic portfolios © Steve Wheeler, University of Plymouth, 2009 (Chuang, 2008) • Promote regular reflection (Xie & Sharma, 2005) and knowledge management (O’Donnell, 2006). • Encourage deep and continuous learning through regular reflection and knowledge management (O’Donnell, 2006) • Should have pedagogical purpose and outcomes (Kop, 2007)
  • Space integration Personal space Community space © Steve Wheeler, University of Plymouth, 2009
  • Wiki blog integration Personal space Community space © Steve Wheeler, University of Plymouth, 2009 Blog Wiki Reflective space Collaborative space
  • Wiki blog integration Proximal Development Professional ID Personal space Community space © Steve Wheeler, University of Plymouth, 2009 Blog Wiki Reflective space Collaborative space Negotiation of meaning Co-construction of knowledge
  • Wiki blog integration Creative writing Critical thinking Meta cognitive processes Socio cognitive processes © Steve Wheeler, University of Plymouth, 2009 (Gleaves et al, 2007) Blog Wiki Who I am What I know Sharing/exchanging Reflection Editing/modifying Self expression (Tu et al, 2008) (Brescia & Miller, 2006)
  • The Study • 34 students in 2 groups © Steve Wheeler, University of Plymouth, 2009 • Used blogs and wikis for one complete academic term • Post module anonymous online questionnaire (using Survey Monkey) • 15 completed returns
  • What did you use the wiki for? What did you use the blog for? I used the wiki to access resources © Steve Wheeler, University of Plymouth, 2009 Wiki was used to post people had posted and to see what comments, ask and answer people were discussing questions, look up resources. Blog as my personal ravings. I used the blog when I had something that was on my mind that I wanted to get off my chest, just personal thoughts of what I was feeling and thinking at that particular time.
  • What do you think are the best uses of blogs in education? I think blogs are difficult because the content should be of a high standard in order to make them have a worthwhile education relevance, meaning less advanced students will either create blogs © Steve Wheeler, University of Plymouth, 2009 and waste the time of the users, or not and escape the possibility of it benefiting their learning. I think the best way is for one persons blog to be able to dynamically link to other peoples' so that if a user lacks educational content they can play on the strengths of others', creating a shared community of blogs. For the gathering of current opinions on different topics. Current affairs blogs could be good for researching opinions and first hand experiences. However, I do think that there are many useless blogs available, which are not useful for factual learning purposes.
  • What do you think are the best uses for wikis in education? Community spaces with 'friends' added and separated discussion areas for This has the potential to be a © Steve Wheeler, University of Plymouth, 2009 different topics. The wet paint wiki was great resource for students to functional, fun and really fostered a share research and provide community spirit for our class. mutual support to each other when they only spend limited time together in the classroom. I found that the wiki allowed us to have a lot of discussion within the group which led to a greater bond between us, whereas the student portal is never used to discuss things and is mainly only used for e-mailing people.
  • Any other comments I used the wiki to keep up to date with postings from my fellow students. However, I feel that it was very under used © Steve Wheeler, University of Plymouth, 2009 and that tempered my enthusiasm. I had wanted to use it as a method for keeping in touch with others thoughts, ideas and progress with the module, but the majority of students did not really engage and that was disappointing. I had had similar hopes for the blog and was slow to start, then enjoyed what I read on others blogs and tried to devote a bit more time to it. Unfortunately I didn't have much time to explore its potential and as my colleagues didn't really get going with it I lost interest.
  • What was learnt... • wiki activities scaffold learning and encourage collaborative working and a community ethos (Wheeler, et al, 2007b) © Steve Wheeler, University of Plymouth, 2008 • blogs used for reflection but student doubted their worth outside individual learning • need for a critical mass of users for success (Hodgkinson-Williams et al, 2008) especially in the ‘space overlap’ • students like to discuss but are reluctant to create their own content (Wheeler, 2009) • student resent extra work – wikis and blogs should be integrated directly into curricula (ibid)
  • Thank You © Steve Wheeler, University of Plymouth, 2008 Steve Wheeler Faculty of Education, University of Plymouth, UK swheeler@plymouth.ac.uk www2.plymouth.ac.uk/distancelearning http://steve-wheeler.blogspot.com