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Blogs and Wikis

Blogging, Wikis and Social Networking. Have you thought about incorporating these technologies into your course? We have worked with a number of teaching models using these interactive technologies and will be happy to share our experiences and expertise.

Blogs

A blog (a blend of the term web log) is basically a journal that is available on the web. Entries are typically displayed in reverse chronological order. The activity of updating a blog is “blogging” and someone who keeps a blog is a “blogger.” Blogs can be public or private, and it is not uncommon to have the ability for readers to leave comments on a public blog.

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At OSU, Central Web Services provides free WordPress blogs to all OSU students, faculty, and staff. [Learn More...]

Blogger, WordPress, TypePad, and LiveJournal are hosted blog platforms that are easy and usually quite cheap if not free.

Stand alone blog platforms such as WordPress (offers both hosted and stand alone versions), MovableType, Greymatter, B2Evolutions, TextPattern, and Expression Engine are ideal if you want a little more control or flexibility with your blogging.

If you choose to go with a standalone blog, nameboy.com and domainsbot.com are tools you might like to use in selecting a domain name.

Check out the OSUWrite Final Report.

Wikis

Wikis are collaborative content management systems that allow uses to freely create and edit interlinked webpages. Wikis can be used for anything from personal notetaking to online collaboration, assembling online communitites, and managing a traditional website.

Wikis allow for different levels of access. For example, some users may be able to add and edit content while others can only view the existing content. Some wikis are made to be open so that any user can edit the content. Deciding what level of access is available to your users depends on the purpose of your wiki.

Learn more about wikis here, here, and here.

Wikipedia has as extensive list of wiki software as well as a wiki software comparison.