Exercise: Blogging/Wikis

Summary of Example Activity

Students are assigned a topic and are asked to contribute an entry to an online blog or work collaboratively with a group to create a wiki. Blog entries often take the form of journal entries, and students may be required to read and respond to the entries of other classmates. In the case of a wiki, students work collaboratively to create a document that is meant to meet a specific educational goal.

Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to:

  • Identify the important concepts from course material.
  • Explore how course topics are differently understood and experienced.
  • Demonstrate critical thought about the topic.
  • Develop online intercultural communication skills.
  • Explore how the main concepts are differently understood and experienced (more pronounced if the students have different training or experience).

Materials and Data Needed

Students will prepare by completing assigned readings and/or completing research in an assigned area.

Technology Needed

Students will either need access to a webhosted blog, a blog housed within an LMS system such as Moodle, a webhosted wiki or a wiki housed within an LMS system.

Estimated Time

Students may be asked to contribute to a blog and comment on other students’ work weekly over an entire term or simply once or twice within a one to two week period. Likewise, wiki collaboration could take place over a week or an entire term, depending on how much information the instructor would like collated and/or how refined the work should be.

Procedure

  1. Students are given the parameters of the assignment (how many entries must they post, must they read and comment on other students’ work, what is the timeframe that they will have to complete this work).
  2. Students are given access to the blog or wiki site or the LMS blog or wiki feature. This should be done at least 1 week in advance to ensure that all students have the required hardware and software to participate and to allow time to troubleshoot any problems students may have with access.
  3. Students contribute their entries outside of class.