Learning technology

Blogs | Wikis

What is a blog?

A blog (abridged from the term web log) is a tool for two-way dialogue. Blogs are websites, usually maintained by an individual and updated regularly. In many cases they allow visitors to submit comments in response to the content posted by the blog author. The term blog can also be used as a verb, meaning to maintain or add content to a blog.

What is a wiki?

A wiki is a collaborative website that can be updated by multiple authors. It is often used as a space for storing and sharing ideas related to a particular project or topic. SFU provides wikis to instructors and research groups on request.

Blogs

IT Services encourages the SFU community to use the University’s AEM (formerly CQ5) content management system for blogging. AEM is SFU’s only institutionally supported platform for websites, and it includes templates and functions to facilitate blogging.

The Teaching and Learning Centre's Teaching and Learning News blog is one of many SFU blogs using AEM.

SFU blogging support

SFU blogging FAQ – IT Services provides answers to common questions about blogging at SFU.

For more information about SFU's blogging services, contact blogs@sfu.ca.

If you need assistance with the use of blogs in your teaching, please contact learntech@sfu.ca.

Other blogging resources

Seven Things You Should Know About Blogs – This document provided by Educause describes "what a blog is, how it works, where it is going, and why it matters to teaching and learning."

Blogs in education – This post from the Half an Hour blog discusses what a blog is, why blogs can be useful in education, and how to use blogging in learning.

Uses of blogs in education – This post from the Edtechpost blog provides a matrix of potential uses of blogs in education.

Wikis

If you would like to use SFU's wiki service in your class, send a request to wiki@sfu.ca. Please indicate the class section(s) of students and the names of instructors, teaching assistants, and other individuals who should have access to the wiki.

If you need assistance with the use of a wiki in your teaching, please contact learntech@sfu.ca.

Other wiki resources

Wikis in Plain English – This short video on wiki basics is available from Commoncraft.

Seven Things You Should Know About Wikis – This document provided by Educause describes “what a wiki is, how it works, where it is going, and why it matters to teaching and learning.”

Collaboration and Learning with Wikis in Post-Secondary Classrooms – This article from the Journal of Interactive Online Learning "examines the use of wikis in support of collaboration and learning in a large university [University of Texas at Austin] that adopted wikis in pedagogically different ways."

SFU public wiki – Explore and contribute to SFU’s public wiki.