Center for Technology Enhanced Learning

Journals, Wikis & Blogs

How does one choose?? These differ from Discussion boards in that that the threaded discussion is intended to discuss one specific topic and it is easy to follow the thread over time. The three new collaboration tools are part of your Blackboard site and, like the DB, are not viewable by those outside your course.

Journals, Wikis & Blogs Cheat Sheet
by Susan Smith, grad.  assist.  in  the  Prof.  Ed. Dept.  at  USM

Regarding Journals, Wikis and Blogs, generally speaking,

  • a journal is self-reflective reporting, normally one to one (student to instructor). The journal can be shared with a larger group, but the only commenting allowed is from the instructor.
  • a blog is a one (or more) to many document where one or many may post and many can comment. Posts are usually related to the general theme of the blog, but may vary greatly in content.
  • a wiki is an interactive, collaborative web page where as few as one or as many as the entire class can edit the page. It is possible to view and evaluate the contributions of any individual and compare their product to the former version to determine how much effort and scholarly work was contributed. It is important to make this clear to the students.  

    Note: Once a Wiki is set to be graded, it cannot be changed to ungraded, but you CAN exclude the grade from Grade Center Calculations.

Create a journal  |  Comment on a journal entry
Create a blog   |  Creating/Editing blog entry   |  Commenting
Create a wiki   | Grade a wiki