Talking point: your experience: how many people use blogs? Use reflection?Socio-technical – uncover some technical design issues and some pedagogical design issues (incl assessment)The wider picture – blogging a paradigmatic technology for Web 2.0 > what are general implications for learners and teachers?
Use the hand-out to record your thoughts on the motivators, barriers and enablers of reflective blogging.
Students are profcomm practitionersEmployability – not same meaning as ug studentsRelevance to practiceReflection on practice important in this contextPooling expertise and learning from peersUse a group solutionWhich tool? Tried WP
Paradigmatic Web 2.0 tool (Siles 2011)Used in many different context: promotion, education, knowledge management > collaborative work
Prof dev: identify patterns, themes and trends / make sense of events / explore aspects of prof practice that are of personal interest (eg critical incidents) > autonomy, owership
Task – what blog settings will motivate / enable / hinder community development and reflection?Task – what kind of task will motivate / enable / hinder community development and reflection?Task – what type of tutor activity will motivate / enable / hinder community development and reflection?
Skills – not just technical: social tooPractices – writing, reading, responding within a local context/discipline
Participation – collegiality
Reflective group blogging
ALDinHE 2012 CONFERENCEREFLECTIVE BLOGGINGA-F Dujardin, Sheffield Hallam University
Outline1. Talking point: case study based on practice2. Three key concepts 1. Reflection 2. Blogging 3. Community3. Socio-technical concerns 1. Blog settings 2. Pedagogy4. Digital literacies
Share your viewsWorkshop bloghttp://aldinhereflectiveblogging.wordpress.com/
Hand-out Motivators Barriers EnablersDesignSupportAssessment (Adapted from Ardichvili 2008)
ContextMaturee-learnersProfessionalpeopleReflectionon practiceas a way ofpoolingexperienceDigitalimmigrants?
What factors could influence blog use? Motivators Barriers EnablersDesign Topic relevance Privacy Training Cultural factors Task briefing (‘face’, modesty)Support Reciprocity Social capital Seeding the blog Emotional Vulnerability Trust support Comments ExamplesAssessment Sociability as Scholarliness Clear criteria criterion Formative f/back
What is a blog? Subjective annotations to the Web (Mortensen and Walker 2002) The blog concept is about three things: frequency, brevity and personality (Williams 2001) A tool for interpersonal communication and mass communication (Bortree 2005)
ReflectionKolb CycleSchön (1995) A form of mental processing … Reflection as mechanism for that we use to fulfil a purpose or professional development to achieve an anticipated outcomeMoon (1999, 2010) … applied to relatively complicated or unstructured ideas … Map of the process largely based on the further Role of dialogue with peers processing of knowledge and Role of emotion understanding and possibly Reflective writing emotions that we already possess
CommunityCommunity of practice An activity system about which Lave and Wenger (1991) participants share understanding about Wenger (1998, 2000) what they are doing and what it means inVirtual community their lives Rheingold (1994) Preece (2000) Cultural aggregations that emerge fromVirtual community of the Net when enough people carry onpractice those public discussions… to form webs Ardichvili (2008) of personal relationships
Settings (3)Personal space Community space Metaphor of the Metaphor of the diary community Privacy? Vulnerability vs Usability of looking feedback at peers’ blogs Usability: all posts visible
Pedagogy Authenticity of the Assessment reflective task(s) Can reflection be Connection to practice assessed? Peers’ role: a ‘real’ High / medium / low audience stakes Tutor support A demanding task ‘seeding the Reconsider ‘usual’ practice community’ Criteria Modelling posts and Reflection responses (Hattie and Smith 1995) Formative feedback Connection ‘Like’ Sociability (Preece 2000)
Conclusion Supports a pedagogy for the network society Participation Personalisation Productivity (McLoughlin and Lee 2008) Confidence and competence in a core Web 2.0 skills (employability)
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