Weblogging Communities (from JALT2006)


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    1. 1. Weblogs for building learner communities <ul><li>Joseph Tomei, KGU, [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Rick Lavin, FESSPUK, [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Saturday, Nov. 4th (2:25-2:50 pm) @ JALT2006 (AIM J) </li></ul>
    2. 2. Why don’t writing classes work?
    3. 3. How can we make writing classes more like speaking classes? Community Speaking classes Writing classes CMC Community
    4. 4. Communities are built on identity Identity faces clothes accessories body language gestures Community Speaking classes Writing classes CMC Oral Communication ???
    5. 5. Which one tells us more?
    6. 6. A weblog is… <ul><li>a webpage with </li></ul><ul><ul><li>a series of writings organized by date </li></ul></ul>
    7. 7. A weblog is… <ul><li>accessible and incrementally updateable from any Internet-connected computer </li></ul>
    8. 8. A weblog is…
    9. 9. A weblog can be… <ul><li>supplemented with </li></ul><ul><ul><li>pictures </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>comments </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>links </li></ul></ul>
    10. 10. blog as an extension of personality
    11. 11. Writing as experience
    12. 12. Writing as exercise Juppun wa juubun 十分は 十分
    13. 13. Self identity and self evaluation
    14. 14. Self identity and self evaluation
    15. 16. blogs and shared experience
    16. 17. avatars
    17. 18. Roll your own template
    18. 19. Self-expression through customization <ul><li>Avatars </li></ul><ul><li>Templates </li></ul><ul><li>Sub-templates </li></ul><ul><li>Micro-changes </li></ul>
    19. 20. Expressing identity through blogging <ul><li>customization through avatars, templates </li></ul><ul><li>photos </li></ul><ul><li>quick mastery of the basics </li></ul><ul><ul><li>typing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>logging in </li></ul></ul><ul><li>十分は十分 </li></ul><ul><li>loosely defined personalized topics </li></ul>
    20. 21. underlying personality
    21. 22. Moving towards community <ul><li>A healthy social life is found only, when in the mirror of each soul the whole community finds its reflection, and when in the whole community the virtue of each one is living. </li></ul><ul><li>Rudolf Steiner </li></ul>
    22. 23. Online communities <ul><li>An online community consists of people who interact socially as they strive to satisfy their own needs or perform special roles ; a shared purpose that provides a reason for the community; policies that guide people’s interactions ; and computer systems to support and mediate social interaction and facilitate a sense of togetherness. </li></ul>Jennifer Preece, 2000 Online Communities: Designing usability, supporting sociability.
    23. 24. Roll your own web: blogrings, shared topics
    24. 25. Book reviews
    25. 26. Niche topics
    26. 27. Blog tag to encourage inter-blog linking I went to the shops and bought some apples. I went to the shops and bought some apples, and a book.
    27. 28. blogs and shared experience
    28. 29. Base score is number of words. Community-enhancing behaviour brings a large bonus .
    29. 30. Make it easy to find other students’ blogs!
    30. 31. Updated content: RSS/webfeeds Webfeed of a single site Webfeeds combined
    31. 32. Single class webfeed
    32. 33. Existing class feeds
    33. 34. Developing community <ul><li>personalization </li></ul><ul><li>interblog connections </li></ul><ul><ul><li>linking </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>commenting </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>blogrolls or blog rings </li></ul></ul><ul><li>shared topics </li></ul><ul><li>regularly updated content </li></ul><ul><li>an ‘agora’ </li></ul>
    34. 35. WinK (Weblogging in Kumamoto)
    35. 36. Books
    36. 38. WinK Hits!
    37. 39. Assistant editors/writers
    38. 40. What could it be?
    39. 41. Two models
    40. 42. Connections <ul><li>link to the individual post </li></ul><ul><li>comments </li></ul><ul><li>trackback links </li></ul>
    41. 43. The blogging community
    42. 44. That’s all from us, folks! www.rikiwiki.net/jalt2006 [email_address] [email_address] Kumamoto Gakuen University Prefectural University of Kumamoto