Wikis, Blogs, & ePortfolios

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Learn what the differences are among ePortfolios, wikis, and blogs to best decide where you might use these web 2.0 tools. Get your students connected through their work and collaborating online.

Text of Wikis, Blogs, & ePortfolios

  • 1. Wikis, Blogs, & e-Portfolios Presented by Jordan Epp & Jeanette McKee, CCDE IDs, and Guest Presenter:Chris Lambert Coordinator Library & Instructional Resources, CCDE May 14, 2010

2. Objectives

  • Learn about Wikis, Blogs, and ePortfolios.
  • View examples of each.
  • Discuss the potential uses of the Web 2.0 tools.
  • Practice using some of the tool features.

3. What is a Wiki?

  • Wiki
  • (n.) A collaborative Web site comprises the perpetual collective work of many authors. Similar to a blog in structure and logic, a wiki allows anyone to edit, delete or modify content that has been placed on the Web site using a browser interface, including the work of previous authors.
  • Videoclip:Wikis in Plain English

4. What is a Wiki? Video produced byCommon Craft Wikis in Plain English 5. Features of Wikis

  • Collaborative Editing
  • Edit this page allows users to add content, change existing content, and have these changes tracked
  • What You See Is What You Get
  • Allows for file upload, images, movies, embedded links, audio, and page creation.

6. Examples of Wikis

  • Wikipedia
  • USask Wiki Dashboard Confluence
  • USLC wiki
  • Wikis and U(slc)
        • where is
        • log in
        • scroll down to Spaces
        • "ALL" tab
        • Home space for Wikis and U(slc)
        • Pages

7. Examples of Wikis

  • Some Pages of Interest
  • when to use ablog vs. wiki
  • advantage or disadvantage
  • who can see and contribute to my U of S wiki
  • At the bottom of each wiki page is an option to comment - try one
  • To create pages on this wiki, provide your NSID to Chris at the end of the session

8. Discussion about Wikis Some suggested collaborations or uses of a wiki within USLC or CCDE how many of you have a wiki? do your students use wikis? how can wikis be used in the classroom? collaborative ideas? what would you like to see a wiki on? Post comments at "Suggestions for using a wiki at the USLC" or on any of the pages you see here 9. What is a Blog?

  • A Blog
  • (a contraction of the term "web log") is a type of website, usually maintained by an individual with regular entries of commentary, descriptions of events, or other material such as graphics or video. A typical blog combines text, images, and links to other blogs, Web pages, and other media related to its topic. The ability of readers to leave comments in an interactive format is an important part of many blogs.
  • Videoclip:Blogs in Plain English

10. What is a Blog? Blogs in Plain English Video produced byCommon Craft 11. Features of Blogs

  • Posts - can be text based or include images, audio, video, links, etc.
  • Comments - Commenting provides an interactive component to the blog
  • RSS feeds - Your blog can link to other blogs of similar topics and can be followed by others

12. Examples of Blogs

  • USLC Library
  • USLC Teacher blog
  • School Library Journal
  • Open Thinking
  • Open Content

13. Discussion about Blogs

  • DifferencesandSimilaritiesbetween Blogs and Wikis
  • how many of you have a blog?
  • do your students use blogs?
  • how can blogs be used in the classroom?
  • USLC Library Weblog for Teachers

14. Conclusions on Blogs and Wikis

  • Chriss Conclusions :
  • works in progress
  • not an expert
  • volunteers, demonstrators
  • and now for something completely mind-BLOGgling
  • a wiki entry about a blogging service

15. What is an ePortfolio?

  • An ePortfolio is
  • An electronic portfolio or digital portfolio used for collecting electronic evidence assembled and managed by a user on the web.
  • May be open source (i.e. Mahara) or within a Learning Management System (i.e. Blackboard)
  • Videoclip Example 1: e-Portfolios for Starters

16. What is an ePortfolio? ePortfolios for Starters Davr055 (U of Cumbria, UK) e-Portfolios for Starters3:05 17. Features of ePortfolios

  • May include text, electronic files, images, multimedia, blog entries,and hyperlinks
  • Permit varying degrees of audience access; create different Views for various purposes
  • May be used for multiple purposes
  • Can be maintained over time (lifelong learning and PD)

18. Types ofePortfolios

  • Developmental or Assessment ePortfolio- a record of things the owner has done over a period of time
    • Learning records that provide evidence of achievement / assessment
  • Reflective ePortfolio- personal reflection on the content and what it means for the owners development
    • Student reflection on own learning
  • Career ePortfolio- the owners achievements in relation to work or developmental goals
    • Job application
    • Career goals
    • Recognition of Prior Learning
    • Continuing professional development
  • Combination of the above

19. ePortfoloio Examples

  • Videoclip Example 2:
  • Defoliates (Andrew Quong)E-Portfolio PowerPoint4:10

20. Creating an ePortfolios

  • Go to Mahara
  • Click onTry Demo,register,e-mail response.
  • Take a Tour (4:30) and see Quick Guides for development.
  • OR
  • Download the software (free,U of S IT supported).
  • Create your ePortfolio!

21. General Discussion

  • Questions/Comments??
  • Thank you for participating!
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  • Many thanks to Chris for her collaboration!!