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Blog, blog, blog
Experiences with Web logs
in communication classes
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)
Research questions
How do communication/journalism
students learn to create blogs?
How can blogs help students learn
about communication topics?
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)
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)
Findings - three themes
Technical difficulties: creating blogs,
time management
Communication: among students, with
instructor
Writing quality: finding the blog voice,
producing content
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.
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
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)
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
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
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.

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  • 1. Blog, blog, blog Experiences with Web logs in communication classes
  • 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. Research questions How do communication/journalism students learn to create blogs? How can blogs help students learn about communication topics?
  • 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. 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. Findings - three themes Technical difficulties: creating blogs, time management Communication: among students, with instructor Writing quality: finding the blog voice, producing content
  • 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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.