On Line Learning

Blog That Wiki…

Encouraging Student On-Line Participation
Rich Di Dio
Math/Comp Sci, La Salle
On-Line Learning @ La Salle, January 27, 2007

Today….

Today

  • Blogs &Wikis: What and Why
  • Blogging & Student Journals
  • Course wikis & collaborative projects
  • Packages/platforms for implementation

Why Blogs & Wikis?

  • Flexibility & Ease of Use – for instructor and students
  • Use as single online solution or as complement to

a CMS (course management system)

  • Many free sources!
  • New types of assignments & projects
  • Automatic entry in blogosphere & wikiville
  • Social networking/bookmarking/knowledge building

Blogs

  • Weblog: web diary
  • Brief facts/opinions/esoterica -> essays -> research papers
  • Private or Public
  • 0-60 million…since 1996
  • Specialized search engines: technorati, IceRocket,BlogLines

Blog Benefits

  • Easily-maintained/managed web site
  • Ideal for quick posting
  • Easy editing
  • Built-in navigation
  • Multiple access types: read, comment, post, manage
  • Group blogs easy to set up
  • Automatic archiving by date and category
  • Comments attached to each post

Example: HON462 - Chaos and Fractals

  • Seminar/computer exploration course
  • Personal journal used since 1991
  • Switch to course blog in F2005
  • Personal/open to all
  • Students are blog members: top-level posts + comments
  • Successful because
    • Ease of use
    • Cool graphics
    • Pride in ownership
  • The blog…| FractaLog

Blog Providers
► Blogger (google)
 www.blogger.com
► WordPress
 wordpress.org
► MoveableType
 www.movabletype.org
► Squarespace ($)
 www.squarespace.com
Wikis
► “On the Fly” websites
► Visitors can easily add, edit, remove, content
► Multiple access permissions
► Keeps previous document versions
► COMPARE any two documents
► Easy of interaction and operation…effective tool for mass collaborative authoring
WIKIs..
► Front end wiki: courses & resources
 didio.wikidot.com
► Collaboration
 PA Governor’s Commision – Science Standards in Physics physbenchmarks.pbwiki.com
► Program wiki
 ISBT wiki
WIKI Providers
► Peanut Butter wiki
 www.pbwiki.com
► Wikispaces
 www.wikispaces.com
► Wikidot www.wikidot.com

Example Wikis

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