BLOGS By Isaac Sichivula ,a participant in 98908 online Emerging Technologies Course at University of Manitoba
<ul><li>What a blog is </li></ul><ul><li>Why I chose a blog </li></ul><ul><li>The Pros and Cons associated with the use blog </li></ul><ul><li>The applicability of the blog to my context and support for future work/personal use in my current work </li></ul>Outline of presentation
Blog is short for weblog. It is a website on which at least one person post commentary , and can allow others to respond and is usually arranged in reverse chronological order lending it to journal like series of frequent entries . A learner can choose to subscribe to it so that is notified via email when a new entry or response has been made. What is a blog? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=34Rcd12Y5Qc
I can use blogs in teaching and marketing of our courses . It is easy to create and update. I only require basic access to the Internet , and a minimum of technical know-how to set up a blog . It has future support as well. Why I chose a blog
<ul><li>Blogs make learning independent of time and place - I can learn anytime and anywhere . </li></ul><ul><li>Blogs can give me time to reflect and improve my writing competencies </li></ul><ul><li>Blog encourages participant-centered; thus self-learning is emphasized and peer-to-peer teaching. </li></ul>Pros of a blog
<ul><li>Blog enables being active throughout the course period. </li></ul><ul><li>Blogs make education more informal - advantageous for me as most learning occurs in informal setting. </li></ul><ul><li>vi. Blogs enables use of images ( icons, videos, photos) </li></ul><ul><li>Blogs encourage continuously try things out, t hus emphasizing on test and learn rather than plan and execute </li></ul>
<ul><li>It is an asynchronous tool thus it can not give me a conversational feeling. </li></ul><ul><li>Some learners may be less open to share with me their knowledge f or fear of losing their individual knowledge power. </li></ul><ul><li>I may have biased or inaccurate information as many people comment on blog. </li></ul><ul><li>Blogs require lots of time for maintenance thus time consuming and I may be u nder time pressure to work on a blog. </li></ul><ul><li>I may have difficulties to teach some learners with lower computer skills </li></ul><ul><li>Blog may not offer me confidentiality </li></ul>Cons of a blog
Applicability of Blog in my context and support for future work and personal use in my current work
I am involved in providing short term residential courses to participants in various fields such Entrepreneurship, Business planning, Resource mobilization, Monitoring and evaluation, Strategic planning and Nutrition care and support for PLHA.
Recently, I have seen a reduction in the number of course participants. The TNA indicated that people are unable to attend the courses due to demands at work , family, accommodation and transport costs . Using a blog as a tool of expression together with other synchronous media tools of presence e.g. Google Talk, Skype, Face book, I will be able to conduct an online courses to a wider audience within and outside the country .
We do a lot advertising to invite participants to attend our courses, therefore I will use a blog to market the courses . A number of sites offer free blog set up. And there is an IT specialist t o provide support for any technical issues that may arise.