Weblogs, more than a toy?

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Weblogs, more than a toy?

  1. 1. Weblogs, more than just a toy? or Should I keep an e-Portfolio for my PhD study? Mandy Schiefner, Martin Ebner
  2. 2. http://www.martinebner.at http://lifestream.fm/mebner http://mebner.jaiku.com http://elearningblog.tugraz.at http://twitter.com/mebner http://tugll.tugraz.at LaBomba Aida - Second Life
  3. 3. Technology enhanced Learning http://flickr.com/photos/powerbooktrance/289992273//
  4. 4. uLearning http://www.flickr.com/photos/sovietuk/141381675
  5. 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. 6. What is the success story of weblogs? Why should I use a weblog for my PhD work?
  7. 7. Learning approaches • - Self determined learning • - Informal learning
  8. 8. 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?
  9. 9. „Blogs are both individualistic and collaborative. Blogs promote self- expression, a place where the author can develop highly personalized content.“ Huffaker, 2005
  10. 10. A Weblog is ... • - a frequently updated • - website • - consisting of data entries • - arranged in reverse chronological order
  11. 11. Different Webloghoster or - systems
  12. 12. Usability and Mobility http://flickr.com/photos/ben30/160708916/
  13. 13. From a technical view ok, but ... ... why should I blog? http://flickr.com/photos/jankroemer/2392009819/
  14. 14. „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
  15. 15. Blogging Theory - Individuality - Collectivity - Community http://flickr.com/photos/louveciennes/2155673014/
  16. 16. Collecting Sharing Reflecting http://flickr.com/photos/alysser/2011022884/
  17. 17. 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
  18. 18. „The blogosphere represents a communication- and cooperation network. So why should scientific staff not use it?“ Marc Scheloske, 2008 http://flickr.com/photos/wilhei/109404349
  19. 19. SOCIAL LEARNING Computer and Information Services Graz University of Technology Graz University of Technology Martin Ebner http://elearning.tugraz.at http://elearningblog.tugraz.at

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