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Blogs & Wikis for Education & Business

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An explanation of the emergence of blogs and wikis as tools in education and business

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Blogs & Wikis for Education & Business

  1. 1. Blogs & Wikis: Business & Education Uses Dr. Joan Vinall-Cox
  2. 2. Business Wikis Education Blogs
  3. 3. <ul><li>Definitions </li></ul><ul><li>Communications Overview </li></ul><ul><li>Uses </li></ul><ul><li>Future </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>What is a Wiki? </li></ul><ul><li>Online collaboration tool </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Create websites </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Open editing / creating </li></ul><ul><ul><li>(Sometimes only to defined users) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>“ Wiki wiki” means “quickly” in Hawaiian </li></ul>
  5. 5. Wikipedia - example
  6. 6. http://weblog.infoworld.com/udell/gems/umlaut.html
  7. 7. Media Possibilities <ul><li>Text </li></ul><ul><li>Links </li></ul><ul><li>Attachments </li></ul><ul><li>Documents </li></ul><ul><li>Images </li></ul><ul><li>Audio </li></ul><ul><li>Video </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>What is a Blog? </li></ul><ul><li>Web Log </li></ul><ul><li>weBLOG </li></ul><ul><li>Frequently updated website </li></ul><ul><li>Little or no technical knowledge </li></ul><ul><li>Personal tone </li></ul><ul><li>Variety of styles </li></ul><ul><li>Many topics </li></ul>
  9. 9. Blog - Example
  10. 10. Media Possibilities <ul><li>Text </li></ul><ul><li>Links </li></ul><ul><li>Attachments </li></ul><ul><li>Documents </li></ul><ul><li>Images </li></ul><ul><li>Audio </li></ul><ul><li>Video </li></ul>
  11. 11. <ul><li>Blogs </li></ul><ul><li>Time-sequenced </li></ul><ul><li>Chronological </li></ul><ul><li>Discuss & Inform </li></ul><ul><li>Single page </li></ul><ul><li>Informal in tone </li></ul><ul><li>Wikis </li></ul><ul><li>Iterative </li></ul><ul><li>Collaborative </li></ul><ul><li>Inform & Share </li></ul><ul><li>Multiple pages </li></ul><ul><li>Objective in tone </li></ul>
  12. 12. The Early Web <ul><li>1989 - late nineties </li></ul><ul><li>technical interface </li></ul>
  13. 13. <ul><li>HTML </li></ul><ul><li>FTP </li></ul>
  14. 14. The Web as a Medium <ul><li>One-way </li></ul>
  15. 15. Precursors to Web 2.0 <ul><li>email </li></ul><ul><li>chat </li></ul><ul><li>P2P </li></ul>
  16. 16. Technical Innovations <ul><li>WYSIWYG </li></ul><ul><li>Little or No Coding </li></ul><ul><li>Forms </li></ul><ul><li>Pre-built apps </li></ul>
  17. 17. <ul><li>The Read-Write Web </li></ul><ul><li>The Social Web </li></ul>
  18. 18. Interest Builds <ul><li>Teachers </li></ul><ul><li>Educational businesses </li></ul><ul><li>Businesses at many levels </li></ul>
  19. 19. <ul><li>Web 2.0 </li></ul>
  20. 20. The Power of the Web <ul><li>Life Insurance Costs Drop Precipitously </li></ul><ul><li>1996 - Quotesmith </li></ul>
  21. 21. From http://www.internetworldstats.com/am/ca.htm
  22. 22. Blogging Styles <ul><li>Authentic </li></ul><ul><li>“Faux” </li></ul>
  23. 23. Business & Blogging <ul><li>Management </li></ul><ul><li>Employees </li></ul><ul><li>Marketing </li></ul><ul><li>Information </li></ul><ul><li>Dissing </li></ul><ul><li>Dangers </li></ul>
  24. 24. Management
  25. 25. From http://www.socialtext.net/bizblogs/index.cgi
  26. 26. From http://blogsurvey.backbonemedia.com/archives/2006/01/83_of_blogging_ceos_have_ghost.html <ul><li>Only 17 % of CEOs </li></ul><ul><li>write their own blogs </li></ul>
  27. 27. from http://theconnectionera.blogspot.com/2005/08/corporate-blogging-and-cio.html <ul><li>Corporate blogging </li></ul><ul><li>Internal blogs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>directed at employees </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>cannot be accessed beyond the corporate network. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>External blogs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>beyond office workers, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>allow customers and others to become readers. </li></ul></ul>
  28. 28. Connecting with the Public
  29. 29. Marketing
  30. 30. Infomercial?
  31. 31. Information
  32. 32. Product Information
  33. 33. Content as Loss Leader
  34. 34. Gripe Sites
  35. 35. Dissing
  36. 36. Dangers
  37. 37. http://michaelgeist.ca/
  38. 38. The Endangered Web <ul><li>Other nets </li></ul><ul><li>(rigidity of U.S. control of Domain Names) </li></ul><ul><li>Business deals </li></ul><ul><li>(Service Providers playing favorites) </li></ul>
  39. 39. http://thestar.blogs.com/azerb/
  40. 40. Business Wikis http://www.jot.com/wiki/wiki-applications.php
  41. 41. A Wiki About Business
  42. 42. An Education Business Wiki
  43. 43. WYSIWYG Wikis
  44. 44. WikiBooks - Open Source Textbooks
  45. 45. A Course Wiki http://wri330.wikispaces.com/wri330
  46. 46. Wikis for Communication <ul><li>Course Notes </li></ul><ul><li>Scheduling </li></ul><ul><li>Sharing class work </li></ul>
  47. 47. Wikis for Collaboration <ul><li>A learning community </li></ul><ul><li>working together </li></ul><ul><li>to create and share knowledge </li></ul>
  48. 48. An Assignment Wiki http://www.umbc.edu/bioclass/biol414/wiki/index.php?page=Group_Wiki_Pages
  49. 49. Blogs in Education <ul><li>Communication </li></ul><ul><li>Sharing experience & ideas </li></ul><ul><li>Learning </li></ul><ul><li>Writing as a learning tool </li></ul>
  50. 50. <ul><li>RSS </li></ul><ul><li>Aggregation </li></ul>
  51. 51. Central to the Blogsphere
  52. 52. Teachers <ul><li>Ask students to blog </li></ul><ul><li>To explore / discuss </li></ul><ul><li>To develop written “voice” </li></ul><ul><li>To create a “learning community” </li></ul>
  53. 53. Students <ul><li>Their writing seen by their peers </li></ul><ul><li>Getting responses to what they write </li></ul><ul><li>The “quiet” have a chance to be heard </li></ul>
  54. 54. Using Blogs & Wikis <ul><li>Wikispaces for course information, communication, and assignment sharing </li></ul><ul><li>Elgg Community Blog for discussion and file hosting </li></ul>
  55. 55. Elgg - A Community Learning Space
  56. 56. <ul><li>Blogs </li></ul><ul><li>Time-sequenced </li></ul><ul><li>Chronological </li></ul><ul><li>Discuss & Inform </li></ul><ul><li>Single page </li></ul><ul><li>Informal in tone </li></ul><ul><li>Wikis </li></ul><ul><li>Iterative </li></ul><ul><li>Collaborative </li></ul><ul><li>Inform & Share </li></ul><ul><li>Multiple pages </li></ul><ul><li>Objective in tone </li></ul>
  57. 57. Blogs & Wikis <ul><li>Web 2.0 </li></ul><ul><li>Part of the communication revolution </li></ul><ul><li>business, education, personal </li></ul><ul><li>easy & effective </li></ul><ul><li>They will be used </li></ul><ul><li>Increasingly and for more purposes </li></ul>
  58. 58. Thanks for your attention!

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