Expanding your Course through Wikis

Looking for a way to have your students collaborate in one space?  Try adding a wiki to your course.  “A wiki is software that allows users to collaboratively create, edit, link, and organize the content of a website, usually for reference material. Wikis are often used to create collaborative websites and to power community websites.  (Definition from Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wiki)


Cynthia Slater, Drexel Business Librarian, brought the concept of using a wiki to Dr. George Sillup as a solution to enhance communication among the students, service-learning site and SJU personnel for his PMK Service Learning Course 1021: Patient Access to Healthcare.  They partnered with Mercy Wellness & Fitness Center Director, Linda Keller Doyle, to deliver this course. Instructors and resident experts from both institutions posted articles and research materials on the site for student use.  Students were asked to post article summaries and comments.  The platform chosen to host their wiki was http://pbwiki.com/  – a third party vendor that gave access to both SJU and Mercy Health Systems.  


To view the wiki for this course, please go to:  http://pmk1021slr.pbwiki.com/


 username: peekaboo

password: beaver4apple


There is a Wiki tool in Blackboard also, located under the Tools option.  If you would like assistance incorporating this technology into your Blackboard course, please contact Al Labonis at labonis@sju.edu or X 1772.


A representative from Bloomberg Professional Services provided training on this platform, available on the Wall Street Trading Room’s Bloomberg terminal.  She informed users that Bloomberg has designed specialized “cheat sheets” for quick and easy access to its modules ; these are available through the terminal’s Help menu.  Users can also access live, online chat through the Bloomberg menu, if needed.

We have posted several of these cheat sheets on our Wall Street Trading Room website for easy access: Energy and Commodities, Equities, Equity Sales, Fixed Income, Money Market Trader and Mortgages.  For a copy of the Bloomberg keyboard, click here.


The Bloomberg terminal can be projected from the podium computer in MV 295, for those who want to use it to teach to their classes.  For instructions on how to do this, click here.

Cloud Computing

The keynote speaker at this year’s Technology Open House was Dr. Christopher Penny from West Chester University.  Dr. Penny gave an interesting  perspective on the topic of “Web 2.0 – Cloud Computing”.  His session included live demonstrations of some of the latest Web 2.0 sites and services including:

Diigo is a powerful research tool and a knowledge-sharing community
Netvibes is a free web service that brings together your favorite media sources and online services.
Social networking and micro blogging
Connect with your members for free through text messaging and voice messaging.
Share your research with academics around the world.
Free music – internet radio that plays what you want!

To access a video of Dr. Penny’s presentation, please click: http://rehost.sju.edu/ramgen/FDC/CPENNY.rm. The latest version of Real Player is needed to view the video, and can be downloaded from: http://www.real.com/.

 Dr. Penny’s slides and favorite links can be accessed from his site at: http://chrispenny.vox.com/