Overview of Wikis, Blogs, and Discussions

Overview of Wikis, Blogs, and Discussions








Overview of Blogs, Wikis and Discussion Boards
Tool

Mode

Primary Purpose

Uses

WIKI

Face-to-face
Blended
Online

Collaborative
Draft, collect, revise

Brainstorming
Listing
Capture readings or class discussion
Group writing
Group project
Group activity (e.g., pro/con)
Peer Review
Study Guides
Collection of links
Writing a collective document
Peer comment or review
Reflection or point of view
Essay
Portfolio
Instructor blog with explanation and link to
other sources

Features:
Instructor can see all the versions of the
wiki
Only one person at a time can edit a wiki
Better for drafts, not formatted
documents
BLOG

DISCUSSION
BOARD

Face-to-face
Blended
Online

Face-to-face
Blended
Online

Solitary but public
Publish, Comment, Reflect*
Features:
Can be set up to index weekly or
monthly
Use as an individual or class blog
Students can comment

*Use a journal for private reflection
Solitary and interactive
Problem-solving
Post a response, refine opinions, exchange Web field trips
ideas, comment
Interpretation of readings
Case analysis
Features:
Debate
Editing option
Evaluations
Useful with groups

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Created by mclaughlin

Updated 6..22.15 by brownt

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