BEA New Technologies to Enhance Student Learning 2012 - Weblog World: The Effective Use of Blogs as a Digital Media Course Exercise

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Using blogs within the classroom as a digital media course exercise.

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  • 1. Dr. David McCoyAshland University
  • 2. Blogs as Course Exercises Group Research Individual Research Creative Writing E-Portfolio
  • 3. Weblogs as Practice More than a personal diary Research components Discovery elements Writing experience Multi-media mastery Career-orientation
  • 4. Group Research Project Small groups (3-4 people) Create a social media site with the intent to study and to communicate on a global level. Blog guidelines Use text, images, video, links Describe your research findings in the narrative. Build this site around a general topic (Blogging and the Fifth Estate/Twitter and Europe/Web 2.0 and China/International Interactive Videogaming) Presentations on Tuesday February 28
  • 5. Group Research Project Site=Ease of access Topic=General view/Global region or country Research Depth=Varied sources (4 to 10) Narrative=Descriptive aspects/textual content Narrative Structure=Can be designed as a series of posts (hopefully, comments will occur!) Links=Relational to subject (3+) Images/Video=Enhancement of subject (5+) Presentation=In-class/Full Group/20-25 minutes Evaluation Rubric
  • 6. Human Trafficking Blog
  • 7. Germany and Social Media
  • 8. Single Subject Blog Individual project Single topic
  • 9. E-Portfolio Career-oriented Media-infused Accessible Descriptive
  • 10. Summary Weblogs are effective tools for creative expression. They provide discovery learning and research opportunities. They enhance the use of multi-media. Blogs are sites that permit open participation and collaboration. Blogs are excellent venues for an e-Portfolio. http://massmediazone.blogspot.com/