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Blogs: Introduction & Educational Use Case
Blogs: Introduction & Educational Use Case
Blogs: Introduction & Educational Use Case
Blogs: Introduction & Educational Use Case
Blogs: Introduction & Educational Use Case
Blogs: Introduction & Educational Use Case
Blogs: Introduction & Educational Use Case
Blogs: Introduction & Educational Use Case
Blogs: Introduction & Educational Use Case
Blogs: Introduction & Educational Use Case
Blogs: Introduction & Educational Use Case
Blogs: Introduction & Educational Use Case
Blogs: Introduction & Educational Use Case
Blogs: Introduction & Educational Use Case
Blogs: Introduction & Educational Use Case
Blogs: Introduction & Educational Use Case
Blogs: Introduction & Educational Use Case
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Blogs: Introduction & Educational Use Case

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A basic overview of blogs, and their nature, as well as an educational use case topics for discussion and further reading.

A basic overview of blogs, and their nature, as well as an educational use case topics for discussion and further reading.

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  • 1. Blogs: Introduction & Educational Use Case Mike Bogle
  • 2. <ul><li>“Writers will write because they can't not write.” </li></ul><ul><li>-- Mark Pilgrim (“The Weblog Manifesto”) </li></ul>
  • 3. What is a blog? <ul><li>“A blog (a contraction of the term &quot;Web log&quot;) is a Web site, usually maintained by an individual, with regular entries of commentary, descriptions of events, or other material such as graphics or video.” </li></ul><ul><li>- Wikipedia (“ Blogs ”) </li></ul>Accessed 17 Sept. 2008
  • 4. General Characteristics <ul><li>Dated entries with newest at the top </li></ul><ul><li>Frequently permit comments </li></ul>
  • 5. They can also include <ul><li>RSS </li></ul><ul><li>Mixed media (text, audio, video) </li></ul><ul><li>Blog rolls, recommended links </li></ul><ul><li>Categories, Tagging/Folksonomy </li></ul><ul><li>You could go on ad infinitum, because... </li></ul>
  • 6. ...blogs are personal spaces. “ Traveling without moving ” by FredArmitage
  • 7. Blogs speak at two distinct levels <ul><li>Reflective - Looking inward </li></ul><ul><ul><li>e.g. diary, paper-based journal </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Discursive - Reaching outward </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Online, publicly visible, enable commenting/feedback </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Importantly, these happen at the same time. </li></ul>
  • 8. Educational uses? “ Lightbulb ” by Darren Hester
  • 9. Use Case: CCK08 <ul><li>Course: Connectivism & Connective Knowledge </li></ul><ul><li>Mode: Fully Online </li></ul><ul><li># of students: 2,000+ (including me) </li></ul><ul><li># of instructors: 2 </li></ul><ul><li>Model: Distributed/learner-organised </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Loose curriculum </li></ul></ul>
  • 10. In the beginning... <ul><li>I used my blog to: </li></ul><ul><li>Reflect on readings and key concepts </li></ul><ul><li>Seek clarity; resolve uncertainty </li></ul><ul><li>Explore new ideas </li></ul><ul><li>Then I noticed something... </li></ul>
  • 11. People started reading my posts... Page hits per day:
  • 12. ...and discussing them...
  • 13. ...and reflecting on them... My post Referenced here
  • 14. This contributed to a deeper appreciation and understanding of the subject matter for the learner (me).
  • 15. Food for thought: <ul><li>Consider the following: “Blogs can be effective ways to enhance learning through reflection and discussion.” </li></ul><ul><li>Agree or disagree and why? </li></ul><ul><li>Discussion Points: </li></ul><ul><li>Under what circumstances are they appropriate? </li></ul><ul><li>What requirements exist to ensure effective use? </li></ul><ul><li>How could/should they be implemented? </li></ul><ul><li>What would the role of the educator be? </li></ul><ul><li>When assessment is required, how would it be done? What would be assessed? </li></ul>
  • 16. Recommended reading <ul><li>“ Educational Blogging ”, Stephen Downes, EDUCAUSE Review, vol. 39, no. 5 (September/October 2004): 14–26. </li></ul>
  • 17. Thoughts or Questions? Mike Bogle eLearning Research Officer Learning & Teaching @ UNSW University of New South Wales Email: [email_address]

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