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    • Blogging in Higher Education Martin Ebner Hermann Maurer Graz University of Technology
    • http://www.flickr.com/photos/davidbabylon/80620351/
    • Web 2.0 - only a hype? http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1569514,00.html Blogging in Higher Education – Quebec 10/2007
    • e-Learning 2.0 http://www.flickr.com/photos/leighblackall/64953825/
    • Three major components 1990 - 2007 ⇨ Broadband Accessibility Mobile ⇨ Device Devices ⇨ Web 2.0 Usability Blogging in Higher Education – Quebec 10/2007
    • Not a technical view Learning will not easier as before, because learning is an active cognitive process on the part of the learner, where knowledge and understanding is constructed by the learner. We have to find new didactial scenarios how to use these applications. Blogging in Higher Education – Quebec 10/2007
    • Weblog Blogging in Higher Education – Quebec 10/2007
    • TU Graz LearnLand Blogging in Higher Education – Quebec 10/2007
    • TU Graz LearnLand • Universitywide Blogosphere • based on ELGG (http://elgg.org) • php / mySQL • Various components Blogging in Higher Education – Quebec 10/2007
    • Research Question How can weblogs be used in Higher Education? Blogging in Higher Education – Quebec 10/2007
    • The Study • Lecture „Societal Aspects of Information Technology“ • Aim: Students of Informatics should get an overview how informatics influence daily human behavior. • Two groups – traditional versus blogging (n=44) • Two blog contributions each week the whole semester Blogging in Higher Education – Quebec 10/2007
    • Didactical Concept • Distributed versus Compact • Self-Directed versus Instructed • Community versus Alone Blogging in Higher Education – Quebec 10/2007
    • Technical Concept • Administration Weblog • Community Weblogs for Each Topic • View “Feature” • Lecturing with student contributions Livedemo Blogging in Higher Education – Quebec 10/2007
    • Discussion – the teacher‘s view • Ease of use • Digital immigrants – digital natives • Amount of information • Community feeling Blogging in Higher Education – Quebec 10/2007
    • Evaluation results I Question: Do you think that this concept is appropriate to work with a topic for a longer time? Answers: n=34; 34 studenst answered YES • The concept was very expedient, because i have to think about the topic again and again • Yes, but i like to express once again: longer time .. • Yes, there is a big advantage: The blog can be used as knowledge archive … Blogging in Higher Education – Quebec 10/2007
    • Evaluation results II Question: Describe very shortly the most positive aspect of blogging. Answers: n=34; 34 studenst answered YES • Reading and writing continously • You can see permanent new stuff • I noticed much more about a topic by using the blogging method instead of the traditional assay writing • The same topic, but many different perceptions Blogging in Higher Education – Quebec 10/2007
    • Evaluation results III Question: Do you think blogging is a possibility for the educational future? Answers: n=34; yes = 27 (79%); no = 7 (21%) Blogging in Higher Education – Quebec 10/2007
    • Evaluation results IV Question: Please tell us the biggest point of criticism about the blogging concept from your personal point of view. Answers: • The topic of blog must be „broad“, because after some time I found no new information anymore • It is hard not to loose the overwie, because of the amount of contributions • Sometimes I recognize contributions, which were not well researched • Blogging once a week is stressful Blogging in Higher Education – Quebec 10/2007
    • Conclusion • Problem of Information overflow • Blogging leads to an ongoing learning process • More student-centered content Blogging in Higher Education – Quebec 10/2007
    • Endstatement Nowadays, we need to think about what we write and not how we write. Even more - how we start to write, reflect and express ourselves within a worldwide community. Blogging in Higher Education – Quebec 10/2007
    • SOCIAL LEARNING Graz University of Technology Martin Ebner Hermann Maurer Contact: martin.ebner@tugraz.at http://elearningblog.tugraz.at