This video demonstrates the latest upgrades to Wetpaint wikis:
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I’ve listed the following resources on my 4R x T wiki:
- Barrett, Helen. Electronic Portfolios. 31 Mar. 2008. 20 May 2008 <http://electronicportfolios.org/>.
- Electronic Portfolios: Emerging Practices in Student, Faculty, and Institutional Learning. Barbara L. Cambridge, ed. Washington, DC: American Association for Higher Education, 2001.
- ePortfolios Portal. Dec. 2004. 20 May 2008 <http://electronicportfolios.org/>.
- Heath, Marilyn S. Electronic Portfolios: A Guide to Professional Development and Assessment. Worthington, OH: Linworth Publishing, Inc., 2004.
- Kimball, Miles A. The Web Portfolio Guide: Creating Electronic Portfolios for the Web. New York: Longman, 2003.
- Siemens, George. “ePortfolios.” 16 Dec. 2004. elearnspace. 20 May 2008 <http://www.elearnspace.org/Articles/eportfolios.htm>.
I still think that using blogs as research journals in a freshman-level research/writing class is a good idea. I probably need to do more to convince my students of the usefulness of keeping a research journal. For my online ENGL 112 class for Mesa State College, I thought having the students read the section in the textbook about research journals would be sufficient. I probably should make the assignments more specific, too, and include assignments for reading and commenting on other blogs, both their classmates’ and others’.
A couple of students did have positive comments about using the blogs:
- “The ‘blog’ site was an excellent tool also, I liked going to my classmates ‘blogs’ and seeing what and how there research was going. I never used a ‘blog’ site before so it was frustrating at first, with time it became easier.”
- “The blog for instance helped me to organize my thoughts and go back and see some examples of what I previously was thinking of doing so that I could go back and use them.”
Wikipedia has its place, but I do not allow students to cite it in an academic paper. It simply is not a credible source. However, I do use it myself as a starting point for personal research, particularly on technical or popular topics, and it often has links to more credible sources of information.
There are alternatives to Wikipedia that deserve more attention and participation:
- Scholarpedia is a “free peer reviewed encyclopedia written by scholars from all around the world.”
- Digital Universe is “an ever-growing array of commercial-free portals mapping the highest-quality Internet destinations, as recommended by experts recognized in their fields. These experts review public contributions, create context and attest to the reliability, integrity, and accuracy of the portals.”
- Citizendium is an effort to create “the world’s most trusted encyclopedia and knowledge base” where the “general public and experts collaborate, using their real names.”