Blogs and Wikis - Excellent Tools for Learning

Riitta Suominen  
 
 

Start blogging right away
 
Blogging has become extremely popular during the last few years. A blog or web log is a mixture of diary and guide. It's a good way to reflect on your thoughts, share ideas and learn. The use of blogs is a good way to support self-studying and distant learning.

Before you start blogging, visit the blogs of other people and discuss things with other bloggers. Try to create the main idea and features for your own blog. You can offer readers a personal diary, a report of your learning process or a list of links to interesting websites - or something completely different.

To be a good blogger, you have to write at least once or twice a week. Fresh material must arrive on a constant basis or the readers will vanish. The newest comments are listed first.

The Internet provides many free blog services where you can easily start your own web blog. You don't have to install anything or buy any special software - just sign up and start writing.

 
Blog services
 
www.blogger.com
www.edublogs.org
www.blogi.fi
www.vuodatus.net
 
Useful sources
 
- elearningtech.blogspot.com/
- www.elearnspace.org/blog/
- punya.educ.msu.edu/blog/
- www2.mtroyal.ca/~nvaughan/
 

Wikis - creating open content
 
The main goal of wiki communities is to create free, reliable, up-to-date dictionaries, encyclopedias and textbooks on the Web, together with other users. Wiki is an application that allows users to add and edit content freely on a website. All documents are written collectively.

Wiki projects offer an interesting opportunity for a learner to participate in a collective writing and knowledge building processes. It's challenging to share your knowledge with other people and be part of an international online community. The Web works best as a collaborative medium.

Today, there are over a thousand public wiki communities. The English Wikipedia is the world's largest and has over 2 700 000 articles, and Wiktionary (Wiki dictionary) has nearly 500 000 entries. There is also an active community working on the Finnish wiki encyclopaedia and dictionary.

 
Wiki projects
 
en.wikipedia.org
en.wiktionary.org
en.wikibooks.org
fi.wikipedia.org
fi.wiktionary.org
fi.wikibooks.org
 
Useful sources
 
- edutechwiki.unige.ch/
- www.wikieducator.org/WikiEdProfessional_eLearning_Guidebook
- www.connectivism.ca/wiki/
- tpck.org/tpck/
 
 
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