TCC08: Wikis and Blogs and Tags: Oh Why?
- Alice Bedard-Voorhees, Colorado Mountain College, Glenwood Springs, Colorado, USA
- Lisa Cheney-Steen, Colorado Community College System, Denver, Colorado, USA
Starting with an intro to Web 2.0
New tools pop up all the time
Why not just use the features in your LMS?
- Information or Presentation
- Social Connection
Categories overlap & aren’t clean distinctions
Information & Presentation
“Information is not always text” This is a really important point
If it is text, a blog is good
In chat, Alan Selig pointed out that using tools outside the LMS is important b/c they’ll have them after they graduate.
- Life is not a closed situation like an LMS
- Show students what you are reading–demonstrate importance of material outside the classroom
- Add “real world” content by bringing things in from outside (podcasts, blogs, etc.)
Audience is important!
Question about FERPA (student privacy law in the US)
- Important to protect feedback and grades
- They checked that moving student writing outside was OK
- May have students use pseudonyms
- Cynthia Calongne said for game-based rubrics she adds NPCs to disguise the real scores
Social Connection Tools
“Increased engagement = Opportunity for Increased Learning”
Engagement is the why for these tools
Information Literacy & Sharing Discoveries
Annotations on sites helps information literacy.
Diigo = “delicious on steroids” with more annotations or conversations, sticky notes. More social community.
Cynthia uses Twitter for keeping track of bookmarks–lets her tag it with who shared it with her and when to give her context
- Kaltura–collaborative video editing
- Google Docs
Create a sharing community
Important to teach students collaborative skills to prepare for work
Teams are goal-directed
Wikis as classic example of collaborative tool
- Gave an example of faculty handbook created with wiki (using MediaWiki)
- Wikis make it very clear who did what–always a problem with group work for grading
Students learn how to judge the stability of information & collective intelligence through using a wiki
They get complaints that their website information is out of date but that the wiki information keeps changing. 🙂
Wikis have more work application for students too
- Set up a group
- Have everyone in the group highlight and add sticky notes to discuss the content
- Diigo’s dashboard has forums for discussion
- Automatic notification available so instructors can keep track of discussion
- Help connect learning in class to learning outside
How do you pronounce Diigo? Is it DEE-Go?
LMS is nice to have as a launching point so students have a home base
They have had good support from their administration.
If students are really uncomfortable sharing online, you need to make accomodations–one participant said he dropped a class b/c it required Blogger and he doesn’t like Google’s privacy policies
You need to set expectations for writing style–if you grade on grammar and tell them what is acceptable, they will write with an appropriate level of communication for that level. Ask students what they want to be remembered for–is it l33t speak?
Privacy issues: Edublogs may be better than Blogger, or do it on your own servers to control information.
Image: ‘Ruby Slippers by Peter Alexander‘
Update: I switched the image for this–I didn’t realize that my original choice had graffiti over the picture; I was just seeing Dorothy and Toto.
Read the other liveblogged posts from this conference.
Technorati Tags: tcc08, tcc2008, wiki, blog, diigo, privacy, education, writing
3 thoughts on “TCC08: Wikis and Blogs and Tags: Oh Why?”
It was a great presentation. None of the technology was new to me, but they articulated the benefits really well.
Great post! “Increased engagement = opportunity for increased learning” – Yes!