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Expediting education-Blogs and Wikis go to college by ProQuest


Publishing an article in a respected journal can take years, and developing a textbook can take much longer. Those methods of recording and disseminating a permanent and carefully reviewed body of knowledge are essential, but they do not promote innovation in a world of rapid change. Blogs and wikis are augmenting traditional publishing and classroom teaching, speeding up the pace of information exchange for both researchers and students. Although conventional wisdom might lean toward assuming that students are ahead of the curve in using social media, not everyone has gone beyond Facebook. The no-cost social software products are a great way to get started, and they meet the needs of many users, but those products come with their own price: advertisements, fewer features and limited support. Some universities, therefore, opt for commercial social software products, especially as their blogs and wikis become formalized.

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