After a very interesting presentation by Derek Morrison we’ve had some discussion of the use of wikis and blogs.
There seem to have been some problems agreeing what a wiki is – there are already plenty of notes online for this discussion. Alison obviously types much faster than me!
As far as blogging goes. There was quite a bit of interest in this, and lots of potential uses – but also many issues about Acceptable Use. The fact we are all so concerned about this may point to the fact that we don’t have good enough AUPs already? We already have personal web pages on University space, and blogs may expand the number of people publishing, but the core issues remain the same as far as I can see.
Some interesting questions about whether you continued to host blogs after students left – would they want to take the content with them, or perhaps leave them accessible? There is obviously a similar issue to email. This seems to come back to a point made this morning – why should we provide this type of service if commerical providers already do this? I know that many students prefer to use hotmail to the institutional email service.