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Weblogs

  1. 1. Leveraging Course Communication using Weblogs: A Report on Students’ Satisfaction Hend S. Al-Khalifa, PhD Information Technology Department College of Computer and Information Science King Saud University, Riyadh [email_address]
  2. 2. Outline <ul><li>Web 2.0 area </li></ul><ul><li>Weblog </li></ul><ul><li>Experiment </li></ul><ul><li>Results </li></ul><ul><li>Conclusion </li></ul>
  3. 3. Web 2.0
  4. 4. The New Internet –Web 2.0
  5. 5. The New Internet –Web 2.0 <ul><li>Dynamic Services vs. Static Content. </li></ul><ul><li>Interactive & Customized Web applications: RSS; Blogs; Wikis; etc. </li></ul><ul><li>User-Tagged Materials </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Del.icio.us - Social Bookmarks Manager http://del.icio.us/ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Flickr – Photos http:// www.flickr.com </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. The New Internet –Web 2.0 Social
  7. 7. Weblogs
  8. 8. What is a Weblog? <ul><li>A personal set of entries, usually structured in reverse chronological order, published in a web-based log or journal. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Blog Anatomy Archive Pages Additional Page Link to comments/Feedback Categories
  10. 10. What are blogs good for? 1 2 3 4 Communication Reducing emails Posting information on the web without web design or programming knowledge Circulating documents/files/photos
  11. 11. Who is blogging? <ul><li>Individuals </li></ul><ul><li>Companies </li></ul><ul><li>Scientist </li></ul><ul><li>Teachers </li></ul><ul><li>Every body </li></ul>
  12. 12. Experiment
  13. 13. Experiment Setup <ul><li>A group of 105 female students studying a course in Operating Systems (OS). </li></ul><ul><li>The main purpose of the Weblog was to: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Students’ inquiries (e.g. homework, exams, etc.) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Course announcements and course materials dissemination (e.g. canceling/postponing lectures/tutorials, uploading slides, assignments, etc.) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Collecting students’ opinions and feedbacks. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sharing information (e.g. posting useful links). </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Encouraging students’ interactions among them selves and between them and their instructor. </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. A snapshot of the OS Weblog http://cs332.wordpress.com
  15. 15. Results
  16. 16. Questionnaire <ul><li>A questionnaire consisted of 7 questions </li></ul><ul><li>The initial sample consisted of 105 students of whom 12 did not complete all of the survey. </li></ul>
  17. 17. Question 1
  18. 18. Question 2
  19. 19. Question 3
  20. 20. Question 4
  21. 21. Question 5
  22. 22. Question 6
  23. 23. Conclusion
  24. 24. Conclusion <ul><li>It is evident from the results that most students accepted the idea of using Weblogs in classroom communication. </li></ul><ul><li>I highly encourage using it for classroom interaction! </li></ul>
  25. 25. Thank you! www.hend-alkhalifa.com

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