Writing Spaces Through Time


  • Think about writing spaces through time. How have the following facets changed or evolved?
    • the technology itself
    • the access to the technology
    • the pace of (r)evolution
    • the control of content
    • the authoring of content
    • the sharing of content
    • the proliferation of content-creating devices in the 21st century
    • Writing Spaces Through Time

  • Consider how the following technologies changed over time and space:
Papyrus scrolls - Codices - Printing Press - Typewriter - Personal Computer - Email - Visual Websites - Wikis
(Wikipedia began in 2001)

  • What might this mean for your personal and professional practice?

“Seen any papyrus scrolls lately? . . . No? Guess why not? They used to be the very latest form of text, totally en vogue. The most literate people used them. But guess what? The scroll was supplanted—totally obliterated and replaced by a new kind of text: the medieval codex . . . . Been to the local library lately? Seen any codices? No? Why not? Because a new technology came along that made the codex totally and utterly obsolete. Yes, Gutenberg’s printing press and Gutenberg’s book created a completely new kind of writing space—one that was more efficient and effective. So the codex became history. And the scribes? They became obsolete, too! Do you want that to happen to you—or to your students?" (Wilhelm, 2000, pp. 5-6).


  • Why was this video so humorous? What implications does it have for your present personal and professional contexts?

  • Think about what we ask our students to do, and with what tools. Why is there insistence on using inefficient tools in our schools? Why is there a desire to maintain control of the content and process?



Efficiency & Obsolescence


What is a wiki?



A wiki is a type of social software that allows multiple people to easily and collaboratively create, edit, link, discuss, and share multimedia content online using a web browser.

"Wiki" comes from Hawaiian, meaning "quick."

Wikis are a way to write and collaborate in the 21st Century.








Professional Communities of Practice


The Art of Hosting Good Conversations Online - Key principles from Howard Rheingold

EDUCAUSE REVIEW | September/October 2004, Volume 39, Number - Thoughtful article in which the author considers reasons for using wikis for academic purposes in higher education

Teaching Hacks.com » Blog Archive » Tips On Developing A Wiki Community - Post that discusses the psychology of the development of a wiki community

Wiki’s and Open Source: Collaborative or Cooperative? - Blog post that problematizes the nature of wikis and open source, suggesting that they are cooperative, but that in many ways, they fall short of the collaboration they proclaim to support. Has implications for people using wikis for professional development purposes

Wiki Pedagogy - Dossiers technopédagogiques - An interesting article on the pedagogy of wiki use and its potential for reshaping the dynamics of power in the classroom (navigation on the left)

Wikipatterns - Wiki Patterns - A VERY interesting page re: the patterns (and anti-patterns) associated with successful wiki adoption and collaboration



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