Just In Time Wiki MOOCishness

Here's a gem that shows what happens when you talk about stuff in the open. Mike Caulfield asked a question about structuring a wiki. John Robertson replied, with a nudge to Brian Lamb. Boom. Here's your MOOC on structuring a wiki in an academic context. This is how it's done, people.

January 8, 2014 · 1 min

Duffy & Bruns (2006). The use of blogs, wikis and RSS in education: A conversation of possibilities

Duffy, P., & Bruns, A. (2006). The use of blogs, wikis and RSS in education: A conversation of possibilities. Proceedings Online Learning and Teaching Conference 2006. pp. 31-38. Abstract: In a ‘socially mobile learning environment’, it is no longer sufficient to use online learning and teaching technologies simply for the delivery of content to students. A ‘digital literacy’ exists where flexible and mobile technologies must be explored for collaborative and (co)creative purposes, as well as for the critical assessment and evaluation of information....

March 18, 2010 · 3 min

MediaWiki as a presentation application

I gave a presentation this morning as part of Faculty Technology Days 2007. I was asked a few weeks ago if I'd like to talk about weblogs and wikis, and I couldn't come up a reason why not, so they slotted me in. In the meantime, I've been doing a lot of thinking about weblogs, wikis, academic publishing, and being Open, Connected and Social. So I decided to try to subvert my presentation slightly, into a more open-content-is-good kind of talk (but still based on blogs and wikis for much of it)....

May 2, 2007 · 3 min

Wiki vs. Drupal Book

One of the big reasons I had for making the switch to Drupal is the great "Book" content type. It allows structuring of individual pages into a navigation hierarchy, and generates the "table of contents" and inter/page navigation automatically. I wanted to use it for writing longer articles, and wish I'd had it in place to use for the Interface 2006 ePortfolio background information article . Initially, I wrote up the background article in a wiki, thinking it might be handy if others were able to edit....

May 24, 2006 · 1 min

Interface 2006 ePortfolio Session Background Wiki

Patti and I are putting a wiki page together to support our ePortfolio session at Interface 2006 in Lethbridge this Thursday. The session is nominally about the ePortfolio pilot project we're doing with our Faculty of Education, but I'm hoping we'll get to have a discussion about ePortfolios (HATE that "e") in general. I just added some "What is a ePortfolio?" content, and it feels like it could turn into a thesis pretty darned quickly....

May 8, 2006 · 1 min

Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts, etc... for classrooms

My copy of Will's book "Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts, and Other Powerful Web Tools for Classrooms" just came in. Looks like it's going to be a pretty good read, providing the perspective of an in-the-trenches teacher, rather than just the geek echochamber I usually expose myself to... The book is definitely on top of my nonfiction reading list (my fiction reading, on the bus ride commute, is currently another Gregory Benford book I'm deliberately reading out of sequence....

April 26, 2006 · 1 min

Sustained Wiki Spam Attack

wiki.ucalgary.ca has been under a sustained spam attack all day. What started out as a minor irritation has grown into something that is impossible to ignore. The spammer is somehow getting around both Bad Behavior and Spam Blacklist extensions (I've blacklisted their URLs, but they keep getting edits into the system). This is one of the more frustrating aspects of trying to do things in an open manner. If there is the slightest possibility that something will be subverted for spamilicious purposes, it will be....

March 10, 2006 · 1 min

Vindictive Wiki Spammers

wiki.ucalgary.ca got hammered by a vindictive wiki spammer last night. But, here's the thing - the spam prevention blacklist worked perfectly. The spammer wasn't able to add any of their own links to the wiki. So, they decided to punish me by vandalizing 50 of the most popular pages on the wiki with an apparently random (and invalid) spam URL. The software they used to do this evil deed automatically created a new account for each edit, and the whole thing took them less than 10 minutes to do....

March 2, 2006 · 2 min

Tikiwiki as a "secure" wiki?

One of the biggest questions I get from people who want to use wiki.ucalgary.ca is "How do I protect or lock a page?" I've had to respond with a gentle suggestion that the wiki is an open resource by design, but that doesn't go very far. There are valid reasons for locking down a wiki - ranging from sensitive information that shouldn't be In The Wild, to protecting privacy (K-12 collaborations can't have info about kids leaking onto the 'net for obvious reasons)....

February 3, 2006 · 1 min

Read/Write Web presentation (slides and more)

I was able to put together a version of the presentation as an "enhanced podcast" using a borrowed copy of Garage Band '06. It worked very well for the task, with one glaring issue - apparently GB can't handle audio longer than 65 minutes, so the last couple of minutes of the presentation audio is truncated. No big loss, as it's mostly just wrapup (and there is an 11-minute section of awesome Q and A around the 30 minute mark - at the "...

January 29, 2006 · 1 min