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Minnesota State University, Mankato

Minnesota State University, Mankato

Blogs / Wikis

Page address: http://www.mnsu.edu/its/academic/blogswikis.html

What are Blogs / Wikis?

A blog is a web-based platform that allows an individual or group to post thoughts, images, or media to the Web; by default, posts appear in reverse chronological order, making it ideal for sites with regularly updated content (new news will always appear at the top). A wiki is a website that allows multiple users to add, modify, or delete content using rich-text editors or simplified markup language, allowing the users to co-construct papers, knowledge bases, or web sites around a topic.

Enterprise Tools: 

These tools are fully supported. Contact the ITS Service Desk at 507.389.6654 for assistance.

  • Desire2Learn (D2L) - Desire2Learn (D2L) is the learning management system we use here at Minnesota State University, Mankato. Whether courses are taken online or face to face, D2L is the driving mechanism for delivering content or supplemental materials for courses. Also includes a place for discussions, announcements, dropbox for assignments, quizzes and gradebook.  

Staff Favorites:

These tools are not supported. These are favorite tools of the ATS Staff and they may be able to offer assistance. Primary support is usually found on the websites for these tools.

  • WordPress - WordPress is less a blog and more a fully-featured content management system. It is one of the most powerful and flexible blogging environments available. It can take a little while to learn the affordances of the tool and how to make them work, but once you spend the time the sites you can make are truly amazing!
  • Blogger - Blogger, now owned by Google, is one of the easiest blogging systems to get up and running.
  • Google Sites - Perhaps the most powerful wiki environment that we've seen, Google Sites allows users to create web sites using their gmail accounts (if they have one) and share that with others easily via Google+ or gmail. Sites is more powerful than many other wikis because the robust user community has developed a range of plug-ins for a host of activities -- project management, accounting, calendaring, etc. It also integrates fairly seamlessly with the rest of the Google infrastructure, making it a truly powerful tool for creating collaborative knowledge bases.

Pilot Tools:

These tools are supported through the group/team championing the pilot (beta test)