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  • 1. Blogs as a Teaching Tool in a Tertiary Institution Kenneth Gerard Pinto Centre for Instructional Technology National University of Singapore
  • 2. Outline Background About blogs Why blogs? NUS approach to blogs Suggested uses and examples of blogs in education Future directions: 3 Ps
  • 3. Background
  • 4. Background
  • 5. Background
  • 6. Background
  • 7. Background 98% of which have done so in the last 12 months
  • 8. Background
  • 9. Background
  • 10. Background More stats: > 90% of NUS students own a laptop or desktop
  • 11. Background Wireless access is almost ubiquitous
  • 12. Background Blogging is big in Singapore
  • 13. Background
  • 14. About blogs
  • 15. About blogs web log
  • 16. About blogs we blog
  • 17. About blogs we blog
  • 18. About blogs Blog characteristics Posts Reverse chronological order Archives Categories Permalinks Templates Comments
  • 19. Why blogs?
  • 20. Why blogs? No/low cost http://www.blogger.com/ http://www.wordpress.com/ http://edublogs.org/
  • 21. Why blogs? It's easy If you can email and use productivity software, you can blog No HTML required*
  • 22.  
  • 23. Why blogs? Infinitely malleable Can serve numerous purposes
  • 24. Why blogs? Add stuff! Images | on the blog, flickr.com Videos | youtube.com, teachertube.com PowerPoints | slideshare.net
  • 25. NUS approach to blogs
  • 26. 200 3
  • 27. First known use of academic blogs in NUS
    • Dr John Christian Holbo
  • 28. Reason & Persuasion
    • Reason & Persuasion
      • http://examinedlife.typepad.com/ph1101egem1004/
  • 29. NUS approach to blogs June 2006: Launched NUS Module Blogs
  • 30. NUS approach to blogs Aim Provide one-click blog creation, utilizing NUSNET ID
  • 31. NUS approach to blogs Module-based Ties in with Course Management System Provides starting point
  • 32. NUS approach to blogs Community Server Supports LDAP Staff using other blogs not forced to switch
  • 33. Suggested uses and examples of blogs in education
  • 34. Medium not genre
    • Danah Boyd
    • A Blogger's Blog: Exploring the Definition of a Medium. In Reconstruction: Studies in Contemporary Culture, 6 (4).
    Suggested uses and examples of blogs in education
  • 35. Personal publishing not personal journal Suggested uses and examples of blogs in education
  • 36. Leslie's use of blogs in educaton matrix
    • Scott Leslie
    • Matrix of some uses of blogs in education. EdTechPost . Retrieved December 1, 2006 from http://www.edtechpost.ca/mt/archive/000393.html
    Suggested uses and examples of blogs in education
  • 37. Farrell's five uses
    • Henry Farrell
    • The street finds its own use for things. Crooked Timber . Retrieved on December 6, 2006 from http://crookedtimber.org/2003/09/15/the-street-finds-its-own-use-for-things
    Suggested uses and examples of blogs in education
  • 38. Blogs as class websites
    • PC1432 Physics IIe
      • http://moduleblog.nus.edu.sg/blogs/pc1432/
    Suggested uses and examples of blogs in education
  • 39. Categories Course Components Course Information
  • 40. Blogs as space to share about real life applications/examples
    • LSM1303 Animal Behaviour
      • http://moduleblog.nus.edu.sg/blogs/lsm1303/
    Suggested uses and examples of blogs in education
  • 41.  
  • 42. Blogs as a place to direct class discussions
    • CL2280 Basic Translation
      • http://moduleblog.nus.edu.sg/blogs/cl2280/
    Suggested uses and examples of blogs in education
  • 43.  
  • 44. Blogs as student-driven weekly summaries
    • NM3216 Game Culture (Design) 1
      • http://gamingculture1.blogspot.com/
    Suggested uses and examples of blogs in education
  • 45.  
  • 46. Blogs as student assignments
    • NM4210 User Experience Design
      • Individual student blogs
    Suggested uses and examples of blogs in education
  • 47.  
  • 48. Other blogs in NUS: professional interest
    • Urban Transport Issues Asia
    • http://urbantransportasia.blogspot.com/
    Suggested uses and examples of blogs in education
  • 49.  
  • 50. Other blogs in NUS: corporate newsletter
    • Qblog (Office of Quality Management)
      • http://www.nus.edu.sg/oqm/blog/
    Suggested uses and examples of blogs in education
  • 51.  
  • 52. Other blogs in NUS: museum blog
    • Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research
      • http://rmbr.nus.edu.sg/news/
    Suggested uses and examples of blogs in education
  • 53.  
  • 54. Other blogs in NUS: a blog about blogs
    • Using NUS Module Blogs
      • http://moduleblog.nus.edu.sg/blogs/using_module_blogs/
    Suggested uses and examples of blogs in education
  • 55.  
  • 56. Future directions: 3 Ps
  • 57. Possibilities 3 Ps
  • 58. Personal Learning Environment http://www.higheredblogcon.com/index.php/blogs-as-personal-learning-environments/ Possibilities
  • 59. Thesis/Project Reporting Possibilities
  • 60. Languages Possibilities
  • 61. Professional Development Possibilities
  • 62. Pitfalls 3 Ps
  • 63. Copyright & Plagiarism Pitfalls
  • 64. Misuse & Mischief Pitfalls
  • 65. Privacy Pitfalls
  • 66. Programmes 3 Ps
  • 67. Training for faculty staff: Using Community Server Programmes
  • 68. Training for faculty staff: Using blogs in education Programmes
  • 69. Training for staff & students: Using blogs for lifelong learning Programmes
  • 70. Thank you!