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An Audio Test April 1, 2007

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This file was recorded and uploaded at the start of the presentation. While quality podcasting requires planning, careful recording, and editing.

The audio sample attached is associated with a feed. It is not as highly produced as most podcasts, but if the feed were entered into a podcatcher like I-Tunes, for example, voila you have a podcast.

An Image Sample March 30, 2007

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The strong suit of the blog is its facility for posting text, image, and sound with ease. This blog was created and these materials posted within the time-frame of the workshop.

Here is an image


Open Web Publishing and the University Classroom

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Open Web Publishing and the University Classroom
For CHHS Technology Committee 30-Mar-07

Kenneth Sherwood
Department of English, IUP
sherwood@iup.edu - http://www.sherwoodweb.org

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What is a blog?

For readers:

An informal, dynamic space to read personal observations, and make comments. (Using feed aggregators to customize RSS subscriptions, readers may also use it as a source for daily, syndicated reading and news.)

For writers:

A web publishing tool, with a user-friendly interface to post frequent updates in a serial fashion, solicit comments, and share media

BLOGS invite web-authoring in a public space

What is a wiki?

A web-tool for easily creating a collective publication (using linked, multi-page entries with user-editing, version history, and discussion/moderation).

All readers are potentially writers.

WIKIS: invite collaborative writing and editing in a public space


What’s new?

· College instructors may wonder how these tools are potentially relevant to college learning. What distinctive uses do they invite as compared with a traditional web page or a WebCT course.

· While wiki’s or blogs can be used to “serve up” content much like a traditional website, their structure and features shape the uses to which they are put – as a search of many public blog and wikis will reveal.

A Deeper Look at the Blog

By default, the blog is readable on the public web; it invites readers to comment after individual posts, which are posted periodically and listed chronologically. Bloggers are authors who publish work; they may develop a responsibility to an audience and develop well defined communication purposes (see hit blogs). Blogs emphasize content and response over visual presentation, by virtue of the simplified interface, generally sequential arrangement, design template, and feed.

Student blogging has the potential to tap into the broader patterns of the blogosphere by putting students in an authorial situation where their words taken on purpose and evoke dialogue.

· Examples of My Current Class Blogs

· Peeking at the Wordpress/(Lyceum) Interface

· Audio Blog / Podcasting in English 338

· Feed Aggregators (Sherwoodweb Switchboard, Google Reader)

A Deeper Look at the Wiki

The popularity of Wikipedia (the highly successful instance of an user-produced encyclopedia using the Wikimedia platform) has given most of us a familiarity with at least the front end of the wiki. Set aside the controversial questions about the factual reliability of this most famous example. The wiki allows multiple readers to asynchronously compose, discuss, and modify texts; its interface default allows any reader to “edit” an existing page or, almost as easily, extend the project by creating a new one.

As a collaborative writing environment, the wiki tool facilitates a pedagogical activity that many faculty highly value: the student’s construction of their own knowledge.

· Show my Textspace Wiki (Prior graduate course Wiki)

· Demonstrate, creating and editing


1. Blogs: http://www.wordpress.com *

2. Wikis: http://www.pbwiki.com, http://wikispaces.com, Mediawiki http://wikispaces.com (requires server-side installation)

* IUP is developing a supported blogging platform for faculty, staff, and student use.