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EDGE 2010 - Academic Blogging and Tweeting: Connecting People, Ideas and Research

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Barbour, M. K., Bullen, M., Kirby, D., & Stordy, M. (2010, October). Academic blogging and tweeting: Connecting people, ideas and research. An invited panel presentation at EDGE 2010: e-Learning – The Horizon And Beyond…, St. John’s, NL.

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EDGE 2010 - Academic Blogging and Tweeting: Connecting People, Ideas and Research

  1. 1. Academic Blogging and Tweeting:Connecting People, Ideas, and Research Edge 2010
  2. 2. Dr. Michael Barbour
  3. 3. Dr. Mary Stordy
  4. 4. Dr. Mark Bullen
  5. 5. Version 1.0
  6. 6. Version 2.0
  7. 7. Version 3.0
  8. 8. What is a Blog?A bit about blogs:  web pages with information and/or commentary on any subject  single author or a group  free, publicly accessible content  posts saved in a searchable archiveFeatures of blogs:  Text, photos, videos, audio, hyperlinks  Interactive commentary
  9. 9. Pedagogy Behind BlogsConstructivist Learning Theory  Social interaction and learning  Collaboration and peer interaction  Reflection, discussion and feedbackDeep Learning (vs Surface Learning)  Critical analysis  Connect new/existing knowledge/experience  Apply knowledge to new contexts
  10. 10. Pedagogy Behind BlogsStudent Voice  Students share their voices and ideas on blogs  A place for marginalized and minority students to be heard by manyDigital Natives and The Net Generation  Posits that current generation of students think and process information differently  Native speakers of the language of computers, video games and the Internet  An overgeneralization – not based on solid data
  11. 11. Pedagogical PossibilitiesSharing Course Information  Post class times, assignments, exercises and suggested readings  Note new/emerging research, current eventsGroup Blogs  Complete course activities individually or collaboratively  Multiple users contribute/provide feedback
  12. 12. Pedagogical PossibilitiesStudent Field Notes/Journals  Record/report on experiences during practical or field experiences (e.g., work placement, internship)  Receive feedback from students/instructorPublishing Student Writing  Practice writing skills  Provide a real and authentic audience to write to  Give and receive feedback in collaborative environment
  13. 13. Academic ApplicationsDissemination of Research Findings  Communicate with and discover colleagues  Broaden academic readership  Interact with diverse audiencesMechanism for Peer Review  Extend boundaries of conventional peer review  Interactive and prompt alternative  Use as a testing ground for ideas
  14. 14. Academic ApplicationsSharing Personal Opinion  Post comments or essays about current issues  Provide serious academic or light-hearted commentary  Create debate and engage with public  Communicate ideas with the mediaEngagement in Discipline of Writing  On-going writing, analysis, editing, experimenting  Shaping ideas through writing
  15. 15. Micro-Blogging
  16. 16. Tweeting with Twitter
  17. 17. Tweeting Essentials 1 of the 50 most popular websites Each "tweet" has up to 140 characters URL shortening: tinyurl.com, bit.ly and tr.im Hashtags - place a hash symbol # before a string • Helps organize/track/share tweets Twitpic - posts photos to Twitter Twubs - hashtag hubs Why Twitter?
  18. 18. Comments from Panelists
  19. 19. Questions?

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