Discovery Exercise – Blogs and Wikis


Blogs and wikis are just websites, but they are typically much more collaborative in design and purpose. They both provide “easy, quick” online publishing venues or writing spaces.

 Option 1: Publish Your Own Blog or Wiki

  1. If you have not already selected a Blog or Wiki tool or resource, go to #EmTechWIKI Discover page, select the appropriate module, and then a Blog or Wiki tool you would like to explore by choosing Blogs and Wikis in the Category field. Each listed tool has a free service as well as premium options.
  2. Using that tool, create a Blog or Wiki. The goal of your Blog or Wiki may be to:
    • Collaborate with a group of colleagues who are co-authoring a paper
    • Initiate a grant proposal
    • House information for a project
    • Facilitate your students’ building course content
    • Extend your own voice in a new learning community
  3. Embed or link to your Blog or Wiki as an artifact in your ePortfolio.
  4. Reflect on how this kind of tool might impact your life (e.g., school, work, etc.). Were there advantages or disadvantages to the tool? Can you see yourself using this tool again, and if so, how?
  5. If you are enrolled in the MOOC, remember to return to “Activities and Discussion Prompt” to complete that Module. Here is a link back to #EmTechMOOC in Coursera.

Option 2: Explore Educational Wikis and Blogs

  1. If you have not already selected a Blog or Wiki tool or resource, go to #EmTechWIKI Discover page, select the appropriate module, and then  a Blog or Wiki tool or resource by clicking Blogs and Wikis in the Category field,
  2. Select at least one (1) existing Educational Blog or Wiki you would like to explore and view what others have done using the specific tool platform. (Note: Blogs and Wikis may be discovered through social media, information from leaders within your field of interest, or even through professional organizations.)
  3. Embed or link to the example you have found and reviewed as an artifact in your ePortfolio.
  4. Reflect on how this kind of tool or resource might impact your life (e.g., school, work, etc.). Were there advantages or disadvantages to the tool or resource?  Can you see yourself using this tool or resource again, and if so, how?
  5. If you are enrolled in the MOOC, remember to return to “Activities and Discussion Prompt” to complete that Module. Here is a link back to #EmTechMOOC in Coursera.