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Integrating Blackboard 8 Wikis into Curriculum

“The East contemplated the forest the West counted the trees…the mind that knows that trees and the forest is a new mind.”

Marilyn Ferguson

jpgm imageWhat is a Blackboard wiki?

A wiki within Blackboard is a page, or set of pages, that can be collaboratively edited by the instructor and by the students enrolled in the class. It is one of the few tools available which allows students to add content to a Blackboard course site. Students can edit and add pages, images and links.

A log of all changes is kept, so it is easy to keep track of a given page’s editorial history, and of students’ editing activity.

Types of Wikis in Blackboard

With the Wiki Tool in Blackboard, the wiki can be shared between members of the class or it can be configured to for individual students or groups of students and the instructor.

  1. Central Course Wiki – there can only be one of these per course and can be used for entries shared by the entire class. Central wikis can be created, configured and accessed from the course Tools area.
  2. Group, Individual or personal journal Wikis – multiple student wikis can be created per course. These wikis can be created, configured and accessed from any content area (Course, Materials, Assignments, Testing Area, etc.)

The following pdf provides a tutorial for creating and managing course level, group and individual wikis in Blackboard 8.

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This entry was posted on May 17, 2009 by in Instructional Design, Tools and tagged , , , .

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