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Wikis and blogs

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

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