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Slides from a workshop given at Wayne State University by Office for Teaching and Learning Faculty Fellow Bill Warters.

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  • 1. Blogs and Wikis in Academia Engaging the World of theRead/Write Web Presented by Bill Warters OTL Faculty Fellow Wayne State University

2. Quick Check-ins Name University Afliation Experience as a Blogger or Wiki editor Special Interests/Questions related to todays session? 3. Web 2.0 Described... Stephen Downes portrays it as a shift quot;from being a medium, in which information is transmitted and consumed, into being a platform, in which content is created, shared, remixed, repurposed, and passed alongquot; (Downes, 2005 quot;E-Learning 2.0,quot; 4) 4. Why Does it Matterfor Higher Ed? 5. Digital Natives & Immigrants Digital Immigrants Concept map by Michel Cartier Digital NativesWhere are you on this chart? 6. David Warlick on Flat Classrooms Traditional education has been an environment of hills. The teacher could rely on gravity to support the ow of curriculum down to the learners. But as much as we might like to pretend, we (teachers) are no longer on top of the hill. The hill is practically gone.For the rst time in history, children are morecomfortable, knowledgeable, and literate than theirparents about an innovation central to society.(Tapscot) In many cases, students communicate more, construct original content more, and more often collaborate virtually with other people, than do their teachers. Those teachers who pretend to stand on higher ground, appear, to many of their students, to be standing on quicksand. 7. The Flattening Classroom 8. Renovating the Ivory TowerHigher EdCartoon by Rand Renfroe 9. School 1.0 10. School 2.0 11. Web 2.0 = More Engaged Learning? 12. Learning Design Going Forward?KMis a KeyCompetencyNew Tools and Processes Image by Bebo White 13. Wikis 14. Welcome to the Wonderful World of Wikis A Wiki is a website Wiki means fast in that allows users to Hawaiian. freely create and edit Authors do not Web page content,always claim usually in a Webownership of jointly browser.constructed texts. Wikis use simple Wikis provide a formatting rules--history and anyone Like word processing.can revisit prior Wikis are publishedversions of text. online. 15. Wikis In Plain English 16. A Source of Educational Content WikipediaSample Student Assignment: 1) Look up Wikiversity something in the Wikipedia 2) Do more Wikibooks Research to Prove it is Correct Guidelines for class projects WSU Class book-writing example 17. Wikipedia ContributorsRegular Contributors to Wikipedia (10 or more edits)300,000276,615250,000200,000150,000 100,834 100,000 50,00030,817 6,0051,103156 01020304 05 0620202020 20 20 18. How Do Educators Use a Wiki? 19. Some Wiki Activities A wiki fan zine for you favorite author. A virtual tour of your university. Collaborative book reviews or author studies. A course encyclopedia on a special topic. A Wikibook created by a class or group 20. Free Hosted Wiki Tools Easy Places for Getting Started: Wikispaces Pbwiki Seedwiki Wetpaint 21. Wiki MatrixComparison Tool 97 Wiki Platforms and Counting 22. Wiki Editing SyntaxInternal Links: CamelCaseLink or [quot;free linkquot;] Wikitext language or wiki markup is a markup language that offers a simplied alternative to HTML and is used to write pages in wiki websites Not standardized. Some tools now offer WYSIWYG editorsHeadlines Format Examples !!!Headline1 h1. Top Level Heading= Headline 1 = !!Headline2h2. Smaller Heading== Headline 2 == !Headline3 h6. Smallest Heading === Headline 3 === 23. PBWiki - an Educator Friendly Starting Place 24. Overview of PBwiki Interface and Tools 25. Wiki Best Practice Ideas Discuss ThreadMode vs DocumentModewriting styles As per the MeatBall Wiki, DocumentMode (typically unsigned, using authoritative voice) looks like this: Foo is preferable to quuz as a metasyntactic variable because it is shorter and uses the F character, which is earlier in the alphabet than Q and thus better. There are heretics who recommend quuz, but as they are obviously zealots, we can safely ignore them.Rather than this (ThreadMode): I think foo is better than quuz --SomeBodyWell, you're wrong. Quuz is far superior. I know because I say. --SomebodyElse 26. Wiki Best Practice Ideas 1. Make use of features that alert a wiki manager that changes have been made to the wiki. Check regularly to see what changes have been made and by whom. Perhaps assign someone to watch for spam. 2. Determine whether your wiki should be accessible to the public or be limited to a dened group. Perhaps start private, and go public when the work is more developed. 3. Be aware of copyright and licensing issues when posting other peoples per Wiki Wisdom: Lessons for Educators by Michelle R. Davis 27. Wiki Best Practice Ideas 4. Emphasize digital professionalism to the community, remind users that it is a document many other people will see. Talk about and make clear what is, and is not, acceptable on the wiki. Consider providing a Style Manual . See this example from Bemidji State 5. Especially when using wikis with young students, take steps to prevent users from posting personal information that would reveal their identities. 28. Try Editing A Page? Editing Password is wsu 29. Blogs in Academia Image from 30. Blogs in a Nutshell 31. A Blog is... A shortened form of the phrase Web Log Like a ships log written daily by the captain of a vessel. A web site that is easily updated by posting short items. Ordered by date and topic, with newest items at the top. Often archived for searching and reading later. 32. Some Typical Blog Features Comments - now comment spam is becoming a problem Feeds - others can subscribe to your Blog and read it in a newsreader of their choice Trackbacks - pinging system lets you know when others have commented on your post at their site (use is dropping) Categories/Tags - often overlapping Site Search Permanent Archives - and permalinks Blogroll listing of other related blogs 33. Blog Content includes News and Journalism Education/Pedagogy Analysis Humor Personal Observation and Opinion Annotated Bookmarks and More... 34. Topical ExamplesPoliticsMedicine Local Story-Photos telling 35. Topical ExamplesSports Cooking Library- Music related 36. Blog Growth ReportTh Tece S hn tat orae o ti R 70 million weblogs Ap f th ep ril e L or20 ive t07We About 120,000 new weblogs eachbday, or... 1.4 new blogs per second 3000-7000 new splogs (fake, or spam blogs) created every day Peak of 11,000 splogs per day last December 37. Impressive Blog Growth & Posting Rates60 Million 2 Million Mar 03 Oct 06 38. Impressive Growth & Posting Rates Aug 04Nov 05 Feb 07 39. Easy to Use! Demonstration of Adding aPost in a WordPress Blog 40. Wiki Listing of Academic Blogs 41. Some Uses of Blogs by Faculty & Instructors Content-related blog posts (often longer) as professional practice Networking and personal knowledge sharing among peers Research Diary tracking project progress Source of Instructional Tips for students Course Announcements and Readings Annotated links Knowledge management (outboard brain) 42. Blog Research Diary Topics An initial entry that discusses general research interests. A statement and renement of the research question. A preliminary research strategy. Notes on sources. Observations. Free writing. Discovering the focus of the research. Formal writing. Presentation. 43. Higher Ed Online Conference 44. Topical Blog Carnivals 45. Doctoral Student Blogs 46. WSU Example: Bills LibraryInterOp Project Blog 47. Blog Use with Students Reective or writing journals Knowledge management Assignment submission and review Dialogue in groupwork E-portfolios Share course-related resources or lecture/unit summaries 48. Example: WSU Student Directed Study 49. WSU Example - Mame JacksonsService Learning Class 50. SoTL Project Blogs 51. WSU Teaching and Learning Blog 52. Free Blogs for Educatorsand Students 53. EduBlogs for K-12 students for teachers and trainers for university students for ESL students 54. EduBlogs Intro Video 55. Other Free Blog Good List of 40+ Services 56. Blogs (and Wikis) are Built into Moodle 57. Nice Academic Blogging Learning Module Reviews DifferentUses of Blogs 58. Managing Your Blog Reading List 59. RSS Explained 60. RSS for Educators Explained in a PDF Lots of Examples and Ideas for Use in Teaching RSS Ideas for Educators.pdf Quentin D'Souza shares many tools and links via See the Web 2.0 Wiki hes got going 61. One Day on the WWW... 62. Behold The Aggregator! 63. Behold The Aggregator! 64. aka RSS Reader 65. Behold The Aggregator! 66. Demonstration of Bloglines Aggregator 67. Some Blog Research Tools (lots of tools) Technorati Charts