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The Power of Weblogs



Presentation at Caledonian Academy / Glasgow

The Power of Weblogs

  1. The Power of Weblogs Martin Ebner
  2. LaBomba Aida - Second Life
  3. Technology enhanced Learning
  4. uLearning
  5. „From a sample size of around 2 million US people, US Web stats company Compete concludes that social networking sites are quickly approaching the traffic level of the big portals like Google and Yahoo“ MacManus, 2006
  6. What is a of Weblog?
  7. A Weblog is ... • - a frequently updated • - website • - consisting of data entries • - arranged in reverse chronological order
  8. „concept of decentralization, per-user publication“ Karger & Quan, 2005 „user centred information/content“ Schiefner & Ebner, 2008 „a useful information-gathering tool for practitioners“ Porter et al., 2007 „blogs from experts or researchers are of high interest and relevance“ Heise, 2007 „keeping oneself or anyone else tracked and checking running progress“ Luca & McLoughlin, 2005 „weblogs help bloggers to become a part of a wide communication network “ Peschke & Lübecke, 2005
  9. „The Wisdom of Crowds“ versus „The cult of the amateur“?
  10. e-Learning 2.0
  11. „Blogs are both individualistic and collaborative. Blogs promote self- expression, a place where the author can develop highly personalized content.“ Huffaker, 2005
  12. Different Webloghoster or - systems
  13. Usability and Mobility
  14. From a technical view ok, but ... ... why should I blog?
  15. What is the success story of weblogs? Why should I use a weblog for my daily- learning processes?
  16. Learning approaches • - Self determined learning • - Informal learning
  17. Doctoral students • - ... should have the ability to design, • implement and adopt a research • process • - ... should understand their subject • and have the associate skills • - ... should contribute something new • to the subject of their thesis How can collected material be structured and saved that it can be retrieved years later?
  18. Blogging Theory - Individuality - Collectivity - Community
  19. Collecting Sharing Reflecting
  20. Weblogs have the potential ... • - ... to foster self-determined learning • - ... to foster informal learning • - ... to support digital archives • - ... to enlarge communities • - ... to be part of the daily life
  21. „The blogosphere represents a communication- and cooperation network. So why should scientific staff as well as students not use it?“ Marc Scheloske, 2008
  22. How can students of use Weblogs in a formal educational institution?
  23. bookmark plugin + tugll it button einfügen
  24. Ranking Plugin bases on „wisdom of the crowds“ theory
  25. User rate accuracy factor User content rate factor User state
  26. Further extensions • View Plugin • Widgets Extension • Search Plugin
  27. The Weblog as step towards Personal Information Environment
  28. SOCIAL LEARNING Computer and Information Services Graz University of Technology Graz University of Technology Martin Ebner