How do you learn best?
Learning is an active, social process. Using Blogs and Wikis for teaching is embracing the concept that students don’t learn best passively, they learn best from using experiential and constructivist learning.
Above: Kolb‘s Learning Cycle
Using blogs and/or wikis for teaching is a great solution for encouraging reflection and collaboration with your learners.
The argument for a wiki…..
A wiki encourages collaborative learning. It can be used to summarise small group discussions, giving greater value to small group interaction and building an online archive of student activities. They have the potential to build effective bridges between group discussion and individual learning, face-to-face and e-learning provision and to foster a deep engagement between students and their subject matter.
The argument for a blog…..
Simply put, reflection is the process of making sense of one’s experience. Reflection can be said to act as a hinge between practical knowledge and theoretical knowledge.
More about Blogs and wikis
- 7 things you should know about Blogs [PDF] – EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative
- 7 things you should know about wikis [PDF] – EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative
Using Wikis in Education
- Using wikis in Education – [PDF]
Using blogs in education
- Edublogs – an Australian site based on WordPress that offers free accounts for personal users in education as well as an enterprise solution for educational institutions – http://edublogs.org
- EdNA groups – services are free to organisations that are part of the education and training community – http://www.groups.edna.edu.au
- Blogs in Education, University of Houston, has links to lots more blogging resources – http://awd.cl.uh.edu/blog/
- Educational use of blogs – Reflecting, Writing and Responding: Reasons Students Blog [PDF] – http://www.educause.edu/ir/library/pdf/ELI3010.pdf
Where to now?
Try following some of the instructions on our ‘23 things‘ project. This will help you to set up a blog.
If you are wanting to improve your blogging skills… try joining this project (based on a wiki):
If you use a WordPress blog….
Or an Edublogs blog….
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