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Blogs & Wikis: Blogs & Wikis Overview

What are Blogs?

A blog is a type of website that allows users to reflect, share opinions, and discuss various topics in the form of an online journal.  A blog can be updated and maintained by a single individual or shared with a group.  The information posted on a blog is presented in reverse chronological order and readers may comment on posts ("Blog," n.d.).   

A Wiki allows people to add, modify, or delete content in a collaboration with others. Information is displayed on a wiki using a menu driven navigation system of pages.  Both blogs and wikis offer search features and provide individual(s) with the ability to create content using traditional text, images, and many forms of multimedia including video and audio, in order to inform or create discussions.  

Blogs and wikis can be a great way to give students their own voice and motivate them to participate in class discussions.  They also enable collaboration across time and distance, and provide multimedia options to learn and express what has been learned in class.

Popular Blogging & Wiki Sites

Blogs

  • Edublogs: Specifically for students and teachers
  • Visit the Library WordPress How-To guide for tips, tutorials, and recommendations for using the WordPress blogging platform.

Wikis

Additional Resources

Faculty Guest Post: Using Google Apps for Collaboration by Jessica Smith, Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication, College of Charleston

Project Wikis Using Google Sites by Ann Augustine

Blogs @ CofC: WordPress or Blogger?

The College of Charleston Information Technology Department offers two blogging platforms, Blogger and WordPress. Blogger and Google Sites are available for faculty, staff, and students.  Blogger is a good simple choice if you want to have a class blog with student accounts, or if you are a student who wants to create their own blog. 

WordPress is only available for faculty and staff (2013).  If you are interested  in learning more about WordPress, make sure to visit the WordPress How-To Guide.  

The Teaching, Learning and Technology (TLT) department at the College offers a number of uses for Blogger for instructional activities on their "Tutorials and Mobile Apps" blog, including (Plotts, 2013):

  • Creating a faculty webpage.
  • Creating a course webpage.
  • Communicating with your class.
  • Sharing your expertise with the campus community and the world.
  • Creating a reflective journal.
  • Documenting research.

Introduction to Google Sites

If you are considering creating a wiki, your College of Charleston Google Apps account is a great place to start.  Your campus Google account has access to Google Sites and using the College version makes it easy to share and collaborate with others on campus.  You can share your Google Site publically, keep your site private, or limit access to it to College of Chareston students, faculty and staff.  Watch the video below to learn more!

Copyright, Fair Use & Permission

Recommended readings, viewings and podcasts about blogging, copyright and fair use (Douglas, 2014).

Resources related to FERPA  

Scholars Studio Librarian

Syllabus Statements (Social Media)

Syllabus Statements for publishing student work electronically  

Faculty should provide a syllabus statement if they are planning on publishing student work online (outside of closed College of Charleston systems). Students should have an option to opt out of publishing their work publicly if they so choose, or to publish their work using an alias (pseudonym). For more information about the use of Social Media and FERPA compliance, review: