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1 Why Use Blogs and Wikis in Blackboard? Sally Kuhlenschmidt January 21, 2009

2 Objectives To appreciate the nature and culture of blogs and of wikis. To identify how Blackboard has translated these tools. To identify ways to use the tools in instruction.

3 Overview What is a blog in Blackboard? What is a wiki in Blackboard? How are they different from one another? From current tools? How might you use them in instruction?

4 This is NOT a how to session on the technology. Training videos are available from IT for those details.Training videos are available

5 Why use either? Only because they suit the course learning objectives, your style and your type of students.

6 What is a blog*? Blog out there A conversation in response to a stimulus, e.g., a reading. An individuals free expression Shared with the world. Organized by date, like a diary or journal. Blog in Blackboard A post in response to an assignment, e.g., a reading. Assigned task from the instructor Sharing is determined by the teacher, within limits. Organized by date, like a diary or journal *Web log

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8 Blogs *Easy* to make Web page. Culture of blogging– current, experiential, passionate opinion, documentation, not for everyone. Communityread and share back. –Done w/RSS

9 RSS* When the RSS button on the blog is clicked, the person is subscribed to the blog. Next time the blogger updates the blog, the subscriber gets a message in their aggregator and the content is automatically downloaded. *Really Simple Syndication

10 BB Blog Qualities Within a blog, can filter to see a single students contributions. Can print just top level posts or posts and comments. Can see the history of the authors editingall drafts.

11 Choose version above then see this:

12 BB Blog Qualities Can have a teacher blog for reflection/modeling. –Have Documents, Announce., External links for those traditional blog elements. Can have group blogs – iffy Can have individual student blogs open or closed. **The title is always visible.**

13 For Students Individual………. Group Blogs Wikis Interaction /Response. Content/ Product Discussion Process Assessment Portfolio Assignment Public - RSS Exportable

14 BB Blog vs BB Discussion BB Blog Single layer –Chronological sort –Top most post-centric. Subtly, encourages all comments to relate to the top level post. Authorship is central– this is Xs blog. Encourages on-topic comments. BB Discussion Multi-layers –Sort in various ways –Topics often change at any point in a thread. Authorship is diffuse-this is everyones discussion. Bring up any question/issue-new thread.

15 BB Blog vs BB Discussion BB Blog RSS – can choose to share top most level of blog (final version) with anyone by sending them the RSS URI Navigation– around the edges BB Discussion Always private short of copying/pasting into an e- mail. Navigation– straight down the thread.

16 BB Blog vs BB Assignment BB Blog Teacher sets public-ness. Either all comments are public, only teacher cmnts or cmnts arent allowed. Instructions for students must be in first post or elsewhere. Just makes Gradebook entry. Must go there to grade. (So: open two windows). BB Assignment Only teacher & the student can see Teacher can privately comment Instructions for student are right there. Can score when reading the assignment.

17 Strengths of Blogs Easy – simplified discussion board Often familiar format Single passionate voice Can break down barriers when read by everyone Novelty for now

18 Challenges of Blogs Libel. Novelty– avoid because it is there and others use it. Authorship –Loosely defined in the culture. –Traditions of sharing content what we call plagiarism. Some students wont like public writing.

19 Thoughts from Downes, 2004 Is it a blog if you are the prompt & the audience? If the author has no intrinsic engagement w/another author? If they can be wrong? If they are graded? It may be blog software, but not a blog.

20 Blogging isnt about writing, its about responding. Downes, S. (2004). Educational blogging. Educause Review, 9(5). Retrieved January 13, 2009 from http://www.educause.edu/pub/er/ erm04/erm0450.asp

21 Pause & Reflect How might you use a blog in one of your courses?

22 Ex. of Blogs in Education All kinds of reflection/reaction: Annotating, storing URLs Personal comments & observations Commenting on current events to become part of the event Journal, e.g., lab journal, reflection Summarize readings (group blog) Writing Club

23 Breathe

24 What is a wiki*? Blog out there A conversation in response to a stimulus, e.g., a reading. An individuals free expression. Shared with the world. Organized by date, like a diary or journal. Wiki out there Software that permits collaborative authoring. Anyone in a group can write, edit, and they can debate the merits of the process. May be shared or just for the group. Organized by whatever emerges from the content. *Hawaiian for very fast

25 What is a wiki? Wiki out there Software that permits collaborative authoring. Anyone in a group can write, edit, and they can debate the merits of the process. May be shared or just for the group. Organized by whatever emerges from the content. Wiki in Blackboard Same Instructor determines Same

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27 Wiki qualities Range of wiki types depending on the community –Wide open chaos to tightly structure (or are those just authoring tools?) Simple design Saves successive edits so can be restored.

28 Choose version above then see this:

29 Wiki culture Certain level of chaos – lose boundaries –Never finished – an author may leave blank for another to finish –Reading and editing are mashed –Authorship is amorphous. Content cloning, not plagiarism

30 For Students Individual………. Group Blogs Wikis Interaction /Response. Content/ Product Discussion Process Assessment Portfolio Assignment Public - RSS Exportable

31 BB Wiki vs BB Discussion BB Wiki Typically a single collective, integrated project is goal. Editing is major element. BB Discussion Many threads of conversation, no integrated outcome No editing of already posted items.

32 BB Wiki vs BB Assignments BB Wiki Permits the process of collaboration to unfold while teacher watches. Can determine individual contributions. Hyperlinked pages– navigation can be tricky. Can upload files and display images To save must archive. BB Assignments Teacher gets a final product unless solicits drafts. Cannot easily determine individual contributions. Traditional document. Same Once downloaded - saved

33 Wiki Strengths Easy Collaboration Public sharing is motivating Teaches network literacy – working in a collaboration Assumption: People will police themselves if the community is healthy.

34 Wiki Challenges Libel Getting a community to agree on a copyright standard Best with genuine interest, courage Wiki pages multiply Grading –BB adds student name. –Have them document process (e.g., pub task plans)

35 Thoughts from Lamb, 2004 Controlling all the problems means students dont face the messy world of collaboration. One loses the good disruption w/the bad. Can you rethink your authority? Or does the wiki just become a fancy Powerpoint? Lamb, B. (2004). Wide open spaces: Wikis, ready or not. Educause Review, 39(5), 36-48 Retrieved January 13, 2009 from http://connect.educause.edu/Library/EDUCAUSE+Review/Wi deOpenSpacesWikisReadyo/40498

36 Pause & Reflect How might you use a wiki in one of your courses?

37 Ex of Wikis in Education All phases of tasks Planning – shared brainstorming, group style guide, agenda (converts to minutes the group can revise) –Group made study guides/glossaries, annotated URLs

38 Creation – response papers, drafts, collaborative composition, lab manual, guides, tips, summary/reviews of materials –Could be a solo project for class viewing. Product sharing, review by peers

39 More information https://wiki.umn.edu/view/Teachi ngWithWikis/WebHome http://writingwiki.org/default.aspx /WritingWiki/For%20Teachers% 20New%20to%20Wikis.html –Great suggestions for introducing to students.

40 Review Blogs in BB are controlled conversations. –simplify the discussion board. –Passion/individual-centric. Wikis are collaborative authoring. –Editing/content-centric. Or just use either to track edits Discussion is community/interaction- centric. Assignment is product-centric.

41 Why use either? If they suit the course learning objectives, your style and your type of students. What is the learning objective? How well does each match?


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