Blogs and wikis are a great way to create multiple channels of communication with and for students; both blogs and wikis are available through your Blackboard courses. Wikis are designed for collaboration and the creation of knowledge by multiple parties. Blogs are broadly recognized as mediums for individual expression such as journals, but the possibilities are unlimited. If you can imagine it, it is likely that you can do it! Below are potential usage scenarios that are applicable to a variety of courses.
- · Collaborative writing project
- · Reflection
- · Problem based learning
- · 10 ideas for using the collaboration tools in Blackboard
Using Blogs and Wikis
Collaborative Writing Project
Wikis can be used for a variety of collaborative projects, ranging from essay creation, to compiled group project reports, to collectively generated multimedia web sites. Final projects can be made accessible to the entire class for review and commenting.
Most learners benefit from reflection on course concepts and their own progress and understanding. Students can utilize blogs, for instance to post reading reflections or summaries. Posts can be made generally available to all other students to create a collection of responses that allows students to check their understanding among their peers and provides the instructor with a clear picture of any misunderstandings. Alternatively, posts can be made privately between the student and the instructor.
Problem based learning
As an alternative to reflective writing assignments, instructors can utilize blogs by posing scenarios and assigning students to post a possible solution with supporting evidence. Instructors can also assign students to gather resources and explain their relevance. This may help students connect the course to the wider world.
10 Ideas for the Collaboration Tools in Blackboard