Quick show of hands – who has ever used blogs and wikis?
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Blogging best academic decision I ever madeI’m interested in digital scholarship – the way new technologies are changing all aspects of scholarship – research, dissemination, dialogue, etcToday focus is on teaching
If I think blogging is a good practice for academics because it encourages discussion, sharing, thinking out loud, reflection, and is also useful for working through stuff, finding old stuff, etc then it’s good practice for students too.
The rise of many of these web 2.0 tools has been driven by blogs – because content can be easily shared. The embed function means you can just paste them in. Multimedia used to be difficult, now it’s simple and to be honest our courses are embarrassingly un-multi-media. I think we still have the CD-ROM mindset. Show embed code in YouTube, show Tumblr
We tend to think of blogs as journals, but you can think of them as easy publishing platforms. People often ask me about setting up a web site and I recommend using a blog platform, not because they necessarily want to keep a blog but because it is easy and has all the functionality you want. You have comments on posts, easy multimedia, good navigation, plus can add in other tools.Blog as VLE rather than VLE toolShow UMW, Goya
You can subscribe to blogs so students (or the students tutor) get updates whenever they happen. But you can start doing more interesting things too – for instance Tony Hirst has been taking OpenLearn content and getting it to be delivered in small daily chunks which people subscribe to
Wikis are collaborative web pagesLots of free tools available, used widely in large scale projects
Students work together to create a joint page
Every year students find good resources which we throw away – why not use a wiki to gather them which grows every year?
As with blogs, wikis can be the whole course, that way students get to contributeShow Wiley’s course
Why use blogs and wikis?
Why use blogs & wikis?<br />Martin Weller<br />
Short (evangelist) answer - why use this..<br />http://www.flickr.com/photos/8628950@N06/2770856499/<br />
When you can have this?<br />http://www.flickr.com/photos/83542829@N00/2611127049/<br />
General benefits<br />Easy publishing<br />Puts you in control<br />Easy multi-media<br />Writing style(?)<br />Student engagement<br />Social connection<br />Engagement with 3rd party content/blogosphere/different styles<br />
My challenge<br />Whatever your problem is I can give you a blog/wiki/social network solution<br />