Activity 3: Case Study of BlogsHide Folder InformationInstructionsSocial Media: Blogs and Wikis
A blog (“weblog”) provides an online space for posting and readers can respond to posted content. It’s do-it-yourself web page and interact with your readers from their responds. Wikis is another web page on which everyone with access can change the content. Wikis is more useful for collaborative work, sharing knowledge, and building databases or libraries of information.
Case 1: Public Library Uses a Blog to Host a Course Helen Blowers, the technology director for the Public Library of Mecklenburg County (PLCMC), North Carolina, saw that staff technology skills were not keeping pace with the needs of library patrons and the evolving nature of library services. She developed the “23 Things” blog (see the Screenshot below) to “encourage staff to experiment and learn about the new and emerging technologies that are reshaping the context of information on the Internet today.” Stated objective are to:
Encourage exploration of Web 2.0 and new technologies by PLCMC staff.
Provide staff with new tools (that are freely available on the Internet) to better support PLCMC’s mission: expanding minds, empowering individuals, and enriching our community.
Reward staff for taking the initiative to complete twenty-three self-discovery exercises.
While the Blogger blog itself, and the tool used (such as Flickr and YouTube) were free, Blowers obtained some funding for the project. She used this to reward staff who completed all 23 things by a given deadline with a gift. Staff completed the 23 things were also entered in a drawing for the grand prize, a laptop computer. Not surprisingly, the course saw a phenomenal completion rate.
The screenshot of PLCMC’s 23 things Blog:
Check out the information at http://plcmcl2-about.blogspot.com/
Case 2: Using Wikiversity to share and discover instructional resources A good source of information about and examples of using Wikis in learning can be found at https://en.wikiversity.org/wiki/Wikiversity:Main_Page. The project devoted to learning resources, projects, and research fro use in all levels, types, and styles of education. You can join it creating open educational resources or collaborative learning communities for your organizations.
Create a word document that the following question:Describe the case/scenario you are going to improve. (5 points)
Provide one objective of this training. (2 points)
Select Blog or Wiki to create a mini-performance improvement training session for your proposed case/scenario. (2 points)
Place screenshots and provide the link of the Blog or Wiki in your word document.