Benefits of wikis and blogs in training programsI'm a firm believer that a curriculum in which you use a lot of cool tools doesn't necessary bring better results than a traditional class. My opinion is that the instructor makes a curriculum. Now with that said, there are a lot of great benefits that blogs and wikis bring to the classroom which are not brought by a traditional class.
Benefits of blogs:
- Promote critical and analytical thinking.
- They allow participants to contribute to a wide body of knowledge.
- Your participants can share ideas online and learning from one another.
- Blogs can be open to other departments allowing them to contribute to projects.
- Class assignments are archived and can be used to create a portfolio.
- Departments can archive meetings minutes, record meeting actions items, share links to project documents and resources.
- Serve as a means to communicate up coming training events. Are used to share lessons learned with your peers.
Bloggers are learning more from blogs than from other resources.
You can view this video for a simple explanation of a Blog.
Blogs in Plain English video
Benefits of Wikis:
- Participants have ownership of the knowledge. They learn to seek it and create it.
- High-level critical thinking is developed. Participants learn to critique others participant's contributions for accuracy.
- Participants are required to check their content for accuracy and correct errors discovered by their peers.
- Create an online curriculum in which participants and trainers can contribute to.
- You can engage in collaborative projects with a global audience.
- They can be a center repository for classroom lesson plans, handouts, resources, presentation, and assignments.
- You can use them to disseminate important classroom learning beyond the classroom.
- They encourage collaboration of class notes.
- Encourages peer to peer learning
Have you incorporated blogs and wikis in your training programs? What other benefits have they brought to the table?
You can view this video for a simple explanation of a Wiki.