Blogs, Wikis, and Other Online Writing Processes

Note: I will use this blog post to support a presentation I’m doing for my EDUC638 class on October 19, 2010. It might or might nor be of interest to my regular audience. Short URL to this post:

For those who don’t know yet, I’ve finally decided to start using my fee waivers and enrolled in EDUC638 Learning Technology Across The Curriculum. As a part of my coursework, I have to present on the topic of blogs and wikis, and how to use them in education.

I have always felt weird that blogs and wikis are bunched together all the time. In my opinion, they are completely different technologies. My presentation will address that, and go beyond the traditional notion of blogs and wikis to explore other online writing technologies and context.

Blogs wikis

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    5 thoughts on “Blogs, Wikis, and Other Online Writing Processes

    1. Thanks Lulu, the slides don't tell the whole story. We had a great discussion in class.I mostly wanted to create a framework to position these tools, and help people make decisions on which one are more appropriate in specific contexts.

    2. Just curious … I'm currently teaching using BB (for the last time) in a large-ish (~90 student) typically lecture course, but using a group-based learning approach. The primary product each group creates is a wiki page on a place (this is a geography class). There are a number of technical and other problems with this (authentication bugs, locking pages, over-writes, etc.) that present challenges, but one great thing about it is the social aspect of it: students can see each other's group pages, comment on them, etc. I can also do the same, and highlight pages in class.So just curious: how would you recommend tackling this scenario in Sakai currently? I know somewhere you say the wiki tool isn't up to snuff, and you'd probably recommend Google Docs for many aspects of this, but I presume it would introduce other problems.

    3. Hi Bruce,If you were to stick to Sakai, I would probably recommend two approaches:1) Use the wiki tool as is, and create a page for each group, using social engineering to set the rules on which pages can be edited by whom.2) Create a project site for each group, and have one of the pages made public and linked from the main course site. In such a case, groups could work privately except on the public page, and the social aspect would be addressed in the course site.Does that make sense?

    4. Yes, it makes sense. But I suspect it'll still retain some of the awkwardness around the actual content editing. Goes back to my wish to see etherpad-like synchronous editing and collaboration support within Sakai.

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