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Blogs and Wikies in Distance Learning

Sunday, 4 March 2007

Before starting this project, I really did not know anything about wikis.  I have found out that wikis can be very useful tools for education.  Students can work collaboratively on projects together, all online.  Group memebers in a given class can all contribule information to their wiki.  Also, wikis have a great potential for research projects.  Researchers can collect data from various remote locations and enter the data on the wiki.  The data can then be analyzed and the results can also be posted on the wiki.  As part of our class project for ETAP 529, we created a wiki about blogs and wikis.  It is located at:     I found that it is extremely easy to create and edit pages on the wiki.

Posted by jsgutierrezny at 5:58 PM EST | Post Comment | Permalink
Updated: Sunday, 4 March 2007 6:02 PM EST

Thursday, 22 February 2007

All about Wikis

I think I found two good resources for helping us answer the questions on wikis.  We can discuss the appropriateness for education, limitations, type of support, cost etc.  There are also links to additional resources on blogs and wikis at the bottom of the main pages.  Here are the sites:


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Updated: Friday, 23 February 2007 7:22 AM EST

Now Playing: The appropriateness and limitations of Blogs

I wanted to share an article with the group that I found helpful in answering some of our research questions.  It  can be found at:


The positive aspects of blogging is that this technology  has opened many doors for communicating by allowing the blogger to link to experts and allowing others to participate in the construction of the blogger’s knowledge. In addition because blogging is linear in nature the learning is documented and offers opportunity for reflection. However, along with this tremendous opportunity for the construction of knowledge also comes the opportunity for risk in that the public nature makes this technology of blogging somewhat controversial. Therefore, in considering the appropriateness of this technology, Ferdig and Trammell offer suggestions for implementing blogs in the classroom including the need for defining specific learning outcomes, defining the concepts of blogging and providing a strict set of rules. (2004).


My thoughts on appropriateness is that the public nature of blogging is also a limitation.  In other words, in addition to providing a strict set of rules for students when using this public technology, do you think there are any problems associated with blogging for the larger community – the school, administration, parents etc. ?

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Wednesday, 21 February 2007

Blogs and Wikies
We will research the roles that blogs and wikies play in distance learning.  I already set up a blog for my seventh grade science students.  Its URL is: h

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