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.
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
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).
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):
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!
Recommended readings, viewings and podcasts about blogging, copyright and fair use (Douglas, 2014).
Resources related to FERPA
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: