Blogs, Journals, & Wikis
Blackboard provides several options outside of the standard threaded discussion tool for facilitating asynchronous communication in the online course environment. Blogs offer an effective way to share experiences and resource, journals provide students with a contemplative space, and wikis make collaboration easy. Please contact STaR if you have questions about using these tools in your UA Little Rock online course.
Creating Community with Blogs
There are three blog types available through the blog tool that affect the way students interact with each others’ posts: course blogs, which organize contributions in a central location by topic, individual blogs, which give each student their own space for posting, and group blogs, which are private to group users.
Blogs are a great way to structure a writing assignment where students are given the option of choosing topics to present to the class over the course of the semester. Consider using checkpoints to scaffold posting and commenting so that you can still build interaction into the assignment even if students wait until the last minute to post.
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Using Journals for Reflection
The journal tool is similar to the blog tool in the sense that it provides students with their own space to post, and journals can be made private between the student and instructor to encourage self-reflection.
Journals are a good option for reading reflections, summaries, and other assignments where students are asked to log their thoughts and observations over an extended period of time.
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Collaborating with Wikis
The Blackboard wiki tool gives students the opportunity to generate content with their peers in a collaborative space. Just like other wiki tools, changes to wiki content are tracked and users can comment on the page to provide feedback on its development. Instructors can then review contributions made by each individual and assign grades for their work.
Wikis are a great for glossaries, class summaries, case studies, or any assignment that requires student to collaborate to generate content.
Learn more: Wikis