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ISOJ 2004

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  1. 1. Blog, blog, blog Experiences with Web logs in communication classes
  2. 2. Types of blogs Micro-journal: similar to diary Notebook: like journals (example) Filter: include hyperlinks to related sites (example) Web journal: include writer’s opinions, links to sites supporting that position (example)
  3. 3. Research questions How do communication/journalism students learn to create blogs? How can blogs help students learn about communication topics?
  4. 4. Methodology Research design: Ethnographic educational evaluation Participants: 48 undergraduate students in two Online Publishing courses Data sources: Field notes, e-mail interviews, web logs, course evaluation, reflexive journal (example)
  5. 5. Findings Students learn about blogs by modeling Students learn about web design, current events by modeling, social interaction Results support social-cognitive learning theory (Bandura)
  6. 6. Findings - three themes Technical difficulties: creating blogs, time management Communication: among students, with instructor Writing quality: finding the blog voice, producing content
  7. 7. Technical difficulties Some students had problems creating their blogs Some students did not have enough time for the blog project Some students wanted more detailed instructions on the project.
  8. 8. Communication Students found opportunity to freely discuss web sites with each other in filter blog project Students were open in conversations with me about filter blog project Little or no interaction took place with notebook blog project
  9. 9. Writing quality Many treated blog as form of e-mail Some found active, personal voice (example) Content and critical analysis was lacking in some notebook blogs (example) Filter blogs took on conversational tone among team members in first class. ( example)
  10. 10. Recommendations Provide detailed instructions on creating blogs, requirements for blog projects Model examples of good blog writing Make blogs public to attract audience Invite professionals to join blogosphere Write blog entries in word-processing program for spell, grammar checking
  11. 11. Assessment Evaluate several times over semester Use student self-assessments Use rubric to grade on content, writing Instructor joins in blog discussion, assessing content and writing as part of blogging process
  12. 12. Future uses For opinion-writing courses - link to pro/con articles For current events courses - cover how to evaluate Web sites for credibility For graphic design courses - link to examples of newsletters, logos, etc. Critique designs.

ISOJ 2004

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