In the age of social media, there are a range of tools that enable the social element in online learning. A new tool has been integrated into K-State Online to enable wikis and blogs.
Scott Finkeldei, associate director of mediated education, spoke about the newly integrated Campus Pack tool that enables the uses of wikis and blogs in K-State Online. He will be holding a workshop on this tool 1:30-2:30 Monday, March 4, at the Union Big 12 Room as part of the Innovations in Teaching and Learning Conference.
After a successful pilot with faculty and students in real courses at K-State, beginning this month K-State Online will offer a wiki and blogging tool powered by Campus Pack. This wiki and blog system has several features of interest to K-State Online users: Continue reading “K-State Online: Now with wikis and blogs”→
“Connecting with Social Media” is a free, online course being offered by the Information Technology Assistance Center. The seven-week course begins Tuesday, March 22, and is designed to introduce K-Staters to the fundamental concepts and uses of various social media tools. The course requires pre-registration.
The Information Technology Assistance Center is offering a free, online course on “Connecting with Social Media.” This seven-week course begins Tuesday, March 22, and is designed to introduce K-Staters to the fundamental concepts and uses of various social media tools. The course requires pre-registration.
The Information Technology Assistance Center is offering a free, online course on “Connecting with Social Media.” This five-week course begins Wednesday, Nov. 17, and is designed to introduce K-Staters to the fundamental concepts and uses of various social media tools. The course requires pre-registration.
Wikis are simple software packages that allow people to co-edit information and to make that information sharable, either within a password-protected space or a wholly public one. A “wiki” means “fast” in Hawaiian and was used by Ward Cunningham for this type of software. Cunningham was the originator of a wiki back in 1995 (see Wikipedia’s WikiWikiWeb entry).
The power of wikis
The power of a wiki resides in being able to evolve a knowledge structure that changes based on the available information. The interlinked pages, the search functions, and the “random page” generator enables people to find what they need but also to interact with the contents in serendipitous ways.
Wikis are also unusual in that they allow virtually anyone to edit the contents (although the access may be limited to those who have to pass through an authentication layer if password protection is required). Many wikis contain the broad range of mainstream multimedia: text, imagery, links to videos and audio files, and simulations.
A well-known open-source software is MediaWiki, most well-known for being the underlying wiki structure for Wikipedia (www.wikipedia.org), which is available in a number of languages.
Come to the IDT Roundtable session 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Thursday, March 26, in Room 212 of the K-State Student Union to learn more about wikis.
Wikis are changing how we see and use information. Visit with Roger McHaney, professor in Management; Bronwyn Fees, associate professor in Family Studies and Human Services; Linda Yarrow, assistant professor with Human Nutrition; Angela Chauncey, applications manager in OME; and David Bollman, system specialist in iTAC, as they take us on a tour of their wikis, both in the classroom and the professional setting. They will share their experiences, the high points, the low points, and everything in between. Bring your questions to ask our panel of experts!
Coffee, tea, and water will be available, and you are welcome to bring your lunch. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org, 785-532-7828. To learn about upcoming sessions, go to the IDT Roundtable website.
ELATEwiki is the Electronic Learning And Teaching Exchange created and edited by those interested in advancing the use of technology in teaching. This site is intended to host a wealth of freely available information categorized and organized into E-Learning and Teaching topics. It will be useful to teachers, scholars, students, and administrators seeking to understand the dynamic and changing higher education landscape during this critical time of transformation.
The following screenshot provides a view of ELATEwiki’s homepage.
Sarah Silva will present an eTips session on “iSIS Grading” at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2, desktop webinar via Wimba. Join this session to learn how to enter and approve final grades in iSIS. It will also cover how to copy grades from K-State Online to iSIS.
Dave Bollman will present an eTips session on “Wikis in the Workplace” at 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4, desktop webinar via Wimba. Join this session to learn how a wiki can be used to document procedures in the workplace.
eTips registration is required at least 24 hours in advance to allow time to add you to the session and ensure your workstation is configured properly for accessing the session.