Technology Taster: Blogs Wikis Exposites

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Technology Taster from 5th December 2008 at the Institute of Education, University of London.

How do blogs, wikis and Expo sites help organise student-generated content electronically? This taster addressed pedagogic scenarios based around these tools, which are freely available in Blackboard and easy to use.

Potential scenarios include private and shared reflections, annotated resource collections, professional development portfolios, and personal websites.

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Technology Taster: Blogs Wikis Exposites

  1. 1. The Power of Blogs, Wikis & Expo sites <ul><li>LTU Technology Taster </li></ul><ul><li>5 December 2008 </li></ul>
  2. 2. Technology Taster <ul><li>About student-generated content </li></ul><ul><li>For current and future Blackboard users </li></ul><ul><li>To share ideas </li></ul>
  3. 3. Overview <ul><li>Blogs </li></ul><ul><li>Wikis </li></ul><ul><li>Expo Sites </li></ul><ul><li>What are they How do they work Why are they used </li></ul><ul><li>What are they How do they work Why are they used </li></ul><ul><li>What are they How do they work Why are they used </li></ul>
  4. 4. 1. Blogs What? <ul><li>simple web publishing </li></ul><ul><ul><li>easy to use </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>basic functions </li></ul></ul><ul><li>collaborative </li></ul><ul><ul><li>comments </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>multiple authors </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. 1. Blogs How?
  6. 6. 1. Blogs How? <ul><li>For details, see: </li></ul><ul><li>LTU Technology Taster article: Blogs and Blogging </li></ul><ul><li>Help file for the blog tool in the BLE (Blackboard): LearningObjects Journal LX </li></ul>
  7. 7. 1. Blogs Why? <ul><li>Collaborative experience reports: Users: Students on placements Activity: Write a reflective report on your day or week, including problems, critical incidents, and positive encounters. Interaction: Students leave comments on other people’s experience reports, providing tips, support or encouragement. </li></ul>
  8. 8. 1. Blogs Why? <ul><li>Collaborative experience reports </li></ul>Article Comment Comment Article Comment Article Comment
  9. 9. 1. Blogs Why? <ul><li>Private reflective journals: Users: Students in any learning context Activity: Write weekly 200-word reflections on set topics, selected readings, or identified instances of learning. Interaction: Students cannot see other student reflections (specific blog setup). Tutor responds via comment box. </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>Private reflective journals </li></ul>1. Blogs Why? Article Feedack Article Article Feedack Feedack
  11. 11. 2. Wikis What? <ul><li>simple website editor </li></ul><ul><ul><li>no structure </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>never forgets </li></ul></ul><ul><li>collaborative </li></ul><ul><ul><li>multiple authors </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>flexible permissions </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. 2. Wikis How?
  13. 13. 2. Wikis How? <ul><li>For details, see: </li></ul><ul><li>LTU Technology Taster article: Blogs, Wikis and e-Portfolios in Blackboard </li></ul><ul><li>Help file for the blog tool in the BLE (Blackboard): LearningObjects Teams LX </li></ul>
  14. 14. 2. Wikis Why? <ul><li>Annotated resource collection: Users: A group of students Activity: Locate relevant articles, websites and other resources on a set topic. Create one wiki page per resource with a 100 word review. Interaction: Students are encouraged to edit, expand on or comment on other people’s reviews. </li></ul>
  15. 15. 2. Wikis Why? <ul><li>Annotated resource collection </li></ul>Wiki page Paragraph Paragraph Paragraph Paragraph Paragraph (edited)
  16. 16. 2. Wikis Why? <ul><li>Collaborative writing / peer review: Users: A group of students Activity: Write a comprehensive report on a topic. Assign responsibilities for different report sections within the group. Interaction: Students are encouraged to edit and expand on each other’s paragraphs. Tutor leaves comments and feedback. </li></ul>
  17. 17. 2. Wikis Why? <ul><li>Collaborative writing / peer review </li></ul>Wiki page Paragraph Diagram Paragraph Paragraph (edited) Wiki page extended paragraph Paragraph with link Wiki page comments on paragraph or page
  18. 18. 3. Expo sites What? <ul><li>Personal publishing </li></ul><ul><ul><li>not course related </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>person-focused </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Functions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Blogs and wikis </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>People relations </li></ul></ul>
  19. 19. 3. Expo sites How?
  20. 20. 3. Expo sites How? <ul><li>For details, see: </li></ul><ul><li>LTU Technology Taster article: Blogs, Wikis and e-Portfolios in Blackboard </li></ul><ul><li>Help file for the blog tool in the BLE (Blackboard): LearningObjects Expo LX </li></ul>
  21. 21. 3. Expo sites Why? <ul><li>e-Portfolios Users: All students Activity: Create a new wiki in your Expo space based on a provided template. Fill in the sections as suggested in the template, and share your portfolio with relevant stakeholders. Interaction: Selected users from within and outside of the institution, e.g. tutors, mentors, colleagues, can follow student progress and leave comments. </li></ul>
  22. 22. 3. Expo sites Why? <ul><li>Personal Websites Users: All students Activity: Tell something about yourself and share this information with all people from your courses/modules (or the wider world) so that they can get to know you better. Interaction: Depending on the student’s decision, invited people can leave comments. </li></ul>
  23. 23. 3. Expo sites Why? <ul><li>Project/Group Sites Users: Groups of students Activity: Your tutor will create one wiki per group and invite all group participants, including experts from other universities. Use this wiki to document your group work. Interaction: Group members create, review and edit information on the wiki. Students from other groups can view the efforts. Tutors and remote experts can comment. </li></ul>
  24. 24. <ul><ul><li>Contact </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Learning Technologies Unit [email_address] www.lkl.ac.uk/LTU or www.ioe.ac.uk/LTU 020 7763 2183 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Upcoming Events: www.lkl.ac.uk/LTU/events </li></ul></ul>

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