Blogs and Wikis in Action: Tales from the Classroom

Blogs and Wikis in Action: Tales from the Classroom


Hal Herzog, Vice President, Product Development, Learning Objects

This presentation describes how social networking tools such as blogs and wikis are being used in education. Real-life examples illustrate how these technologies can increase student engagement and enhance instructor effectiveness.

Social software enables people to rendezvous, connect, or collaborate through computer mediated communication and to form online communities. – From Wikipedia

Blogs – short for web logs, are online journals

Wikis – is a webpage that is easily editable – means “quick” in Hawaiian.

Campus Pack

  1. Teams LX – course wikis
  2. Journal LX – course blogs
  3. Expo LX – home pages and portfolios
  4. Search LX – full text search engine
  5. Radio LX – podcasts (coming soon)

Case Studies

Using Wikis to Enliven Group Projects

  • Duquesne University
  • Team projects to improve conditions in a low income community near the university.
  • Teams LX to develop a community profile, a proposal, and final report.
  • Uses wiki in class on a classroom projector, and reviews, and editing work as necessary. Adding comments. Using class time for peer review and realtime comments.

Journal LX as a Platform for Reflection

  • Seneca College
  • Effective tracking for a student’s progress during a field placement.
  • Private journaling.
  • Journal provides a great way of getting to know students because students feel free to open up and make personal reflection comments.

Expo LX as a Host for Action Plans

  • Baldwin Wallace College
  • Each student can shape a personal action plan and resume.
  • College 101 uses Expo LX document what they are doing in C101.
  • The action plan is an ePortfolio.
  • Expo is a combination of blogs and wikis.
  • Expo contains a series of templates.
  • Students can organize and present their accomplishments and skills in a progressive and inventive fashion.

About ekunnen
Eric has a passion for, works to lead, support, and coordinate effective uses of technology in teaching and learning. He is an Associate Director of eLearning and Emerging Technologies at Grand Valley State University (GVSU) in Allendale, Michigan. His primary role focuses on collaborating and supporting distance learning initiatives at the university while exploring future trends in emerging technologies in teaching and learning. He also collaborates to research and support academic technologies used in the classroom and in eLearning. Previously, Eric was the Emerging Technologies Coordinator at GVSU and a Director of Distance Learning and Instructional Technologies at Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Eric has a background in teaching Computer Science and Biology at the secondary level and a Master of Arts in Education with an emphasis in Educational Technology. I'm on mission to advance teaching and learning through the integration of emerging and innovative instructional technologies... More

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