M16 - Wikis and Blogs
Two tools for social networking, sharing and creating ideas.
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A wiki is a collection of collaboratively authored web pages and can be a powerful tool for collaboration and group work. The entire course can edit a document or you can create group wikis that are only editable by group members or individual students. You can also create wikis which only the teacher (tutor) can edit. Some suggested uses are group lecture notes, group project management and brainstorming. A wiki starts with a simple front page. Students can edit the page and add more pages and edit them. Old versions of each page can always be viewed (and restored if required) by checking the page History. Wikis can be used, for example, to allow students to collaboratively gather evidence for a presentation or to support students in the creation of collaborative 'model answers' to specific questions.
The Comments tab at the top or link in the navigation block allows users to see and add comments about the wiki.The History tab users to see what has been altered in the wiki. Compare edits by clicking the Compare Selected button. Click the Restore button of the version you wish to restore if the latest edit is unsuitable.The Map tab at the top or link in the navigation block allows users to view areas of the wiki such as a list of pages, updated or orphaned pages etc. (Orphaned pages are pages not linked to anywhere.)The Files tab at the top or link in the navigation block allows users to access any files which have been added to the wiki.The Administration tab at the top or link in the navigation block is available to editing teachers to delete page versions or selected pages.
Blogs or "web logs" are a popular and easy-to-use form of public online journal, used as a platform for comment and reflection in a wide range of areas including education. Common blog applications used by educators are Blogger and Wordpress. Moodle also has a blogging tool which is user-based. Each user has his or her own blog, which is not specific to any particular course and everyone in Moodle can see (unless marked as private).