Blogging in Education

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This presentation discusses blogging at Wodonga TAFE and in particular its usefulness in teaching
and learning with students and also as an entry point to Web 2.0 tools for those new to online
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  • The presentation will discuss blogging at Wodonga TAFE and in particular its usefulness in teaching
    and learning with students and also as an entry point to Web 2.0 tools for teachers new to online
    teaching.
    The presentation will discuss:
    Corporate blogging: The development and ongoing issues of corporate blogging using
    Wodonga’s Blended Learning in Practice blog as an example.
    Educational blogging: The development and ongoing issues of incorporating blogging into
    teaching practice using Wodonga TAFE’s Interior design teachers and students as an
    example.
  • Small regional TAFE focusing on-
    2008 large Training Provider of the Year
    from certificate I to advanced diploma level in a range of industry areas.
    Specialist training centres including-
    The National Industrial Skills Training Centre
    Motorsports Training Australia
  • Strong support from the Executive (tech savvy Executive)
    Clear direction
    Reasonably autonomous brief
  • This is where we’re heading; we’re not there yet ‘but working on it’

    How or where does blogging fit?
  • It’s not an ‘all or nothing’ proposition-
    F2F delivery
    Distance
    RPL
  • Blogging fits well within any definition that I’ve found

    Constructing meaning -> Students ‘report’ in their own particular way/style

    It’s not about regurgitating facts
  • Learning becomes more of a continuum which is reflected in a blog by the learner
  • The previous slide is a good analogy of Web 2.0 perceptions
    Too many options
    Which one is the ‘best’
    Too many accounts/passwords

    The analogy- Compact, appealing to some, awful to others

    Blogging is one part of a puzzle but a pretty compelling tool for teachers & learners
  • Why blogging and how does it fit with WIOT’s vision
    How does this fit with yours?

    It can sit discretely from an LMS (more later)
    Does your RTO have a strategy that can be easily expressed?
    Do you ‘own’ it?
    Do you believe in it?
  • What is best for your students -> line of least resistance
    Housewatch example
    Building design students- visual, kinesthetic cohort

    Assessment- write in a ruled book what transpires over the course of a residential dwelling being constructed
    Changed to a blog- Visual, Auditory, reading/writing
    Comments by teachers and students
    Showed greater depth of understanding than just ‘the words’
    Constructivism (pardon the pun)
    Blog design- an extension ‘of self’
  • Audio -> Embed audio clips

    Visual -> Flickr, YouTube, excursion artefacts, exhibition arefacts
  • Regarding shared-
    Public
    Private

    Personal experiences-> Constructivism
  • Discuss
    Comment

    Again- public or private (public or private in Moodle too)

    Constructivist
  • Visual
    Constructivism
  • A pretty good collection of verbs and adjectives
  • 7 needs

    Lets not get caught up that this has to be all about assessments and the compliance

    It can be about some, or all of the above

    It may be a way of engagement

    It might become the genesis of an ePortfolio
  • From a teachers perspective
    From a learners perspective
    Look at this from your teaching and learning outcomes perspective-
    As a teacher what do I have to offer?
    Is the offer of any value?
    Does it create a low ROI value?
  • Private
    If you’re concerned about content & ethics
    Nursing placements
    Apprentice worksheets

    It can be a one way flow or both- you choose, or perhaps your students

    (Start to introduce Moodle into the conversation)
  • Public
    Commenting on project development/progress
    It can be just one way-> block comments
  • Who’s comfort zone?
    Teacher
    Learner

    Mindful of learners-
    Skills & abilities
    Personality
    Intended outcome(s)

    Comments/Feedback
    From classmates
    From the ‘blogosphere’
  • Ease of use
    Can you type
    From home/school

    Cost
    Free

    Flexibility
    Templates as a starting point
    A blog for each project/assessment
    A blog for each unit
    A blog for the course
  • Take the picture with the iPhone and post now!

    Wordpress is the choice of WIOT
    In house hosting
    Many staff already blog
  • Why?
    On-going consistent message
    Ease of access
    Part of an active learning strategy
    ‘Living’ social media
  • A blog by itself corporate wise isn’t enough- you need a driver, another channel of promotion
  • Blogging in Education

    1. 1. BLOGGING GETTING THE MESSAGE OUT THERE! Geoff Young
    2. 2. • Team Leader, Learning Innovation • NE Victoria • +200K catchment area • Students ~14,000 • Courses ~ 400
    3. 3. Learning Innovation Our brief – Provide solution strategies for the Institute’s delivery departments and support areas in relation to the design, implementation and evaluation of blended learning objectives – Focus on enterprise wide, scalable solutions
    4. 4. The Vision
    5. 5. Blended Learning seamless integration of physical and virtual learning spaces that integrate and accommodate technology, but focus on student learning… Littlejohn, A. & Pegler, C. (2007)
    6. 6. Constructivism learners play an active role in 'constructing' their own meaning… Jenlick & Kinnucan-Welsch (1999)
    7. 7. Constructivism Knowledge is not seen as fixed and existing independently outside the learner… . learning is a process of accommodation or adaptation based on new experiences or ideas Jenlick & Kinnucan-Welsch (1999)
    8. 8. web applications that facilitate interactive information sharing, interoperability, user centered design, and collaboration … Wikipedia (2010) Web 2.0
    9. 9. Web 2.0 web applications that facilitate interactive information sharing, interoperability, user centered design, and collaboration … Wikipedia (2010)
    10. 10. The Vision
    11. 11. •Visual •Auditory •Reading/writing •Kinesthetic Flemings VAK/VARK model How best do your students learn?
    12. 12. Blogging Visual- images Written- report Aural- audio Options
    13. 13. What is blogging? a shared online journal where people can post diary entries about their personal experiences and hobbies Source: http://wordnetweb.princeton.edu/perl/webwn?s=blog
    14. 14. What is blogging? a shared online journal where people can post diary entries about their personal experiences and hobbies Source: http://wordnetweb.princeton.edu/perl/webwn?s=blog
    15. 15. What is blogging? a website that allows users to reflect, share opinions, and discuss various topics in the form of an online journal while readers may comment on posts Source: http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/blog
    16. 16. What is blogging? a website that allows users to reflect, share opinions, and discuss various topics in the form of an online journal while readers may comment on posts Source: http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/blog
    17. 17. What is blogging? a type of website, usually maintained by an individual with regular entries of commentary, descriptions of events, or other material such as graphics or video Source: http://wordnetweb.princeton.edu/perl/webwn?s=blog
    18. 18. What is blogging? a type of website, usually maintained by an individual with regular entries of commentary, descriptions of events, or other material such as graphics or video (social media) Source: http://wordnetweb.princeton.edu/perl/webwn?s=blog
    19. 19. Blogging in education Reflective journaling Reflective thinking is a special way of thinking about action and experience (Weiss, E. & Weiss, S. (2001) Image: http://www.flickr.com/photos/desiitaly/2193724466// /
    20. 20. Why Blog? Motivations- needs • Self expression • Recognition • Social contact • Introspection • Academic needs for knowledge & interests • Documentation • Artistic activity . Image: http://www.flickr.com/photos/photojonny/2268845904/Minocha, S., & Kerawalla, L. (2011)
    21. 21. To blog or not to blog? Aspirations • Is blogging something I see myself doing long term? • What will the main purpose of my blog be? • Is my blogging more of a hobby or does it have some professional application? Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/fboyd/2897598148/ Image: http://www.flickr.com/photos/openpad/3718789722/sizes/z/in/photostream/
    22. 22. Blogs of all sorts • Personal • Corporate • Education • NGO’s • Politics • Private • Sports ‘Think special interest’ Image: http://http://www.flickr.com/photos/destinysagent/1780291760/sizes/l/in/photostream/
    23. 23. Public or Private? Walled garden Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/robert_scarth/138433090/sizes/m/in/photostream/
    24. 24. Public or Private? Open expression Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/kimba/1450769/sizes/m/in/photostream/
    25. 25. Public or Private? Options Comfort zone Within a LMS •Discussion Boards •Journals •Wiki External to a LMS •Blog •Journals •Wiki
    26. 26. Where to start? Must knows • Ease of use • Cost • Flexibility Source; http://www.flickr.com/photos/inju/246717376/
    27. 27. A blog is not just for Xmas… Commitment • Time • Research • Writing • Responding Source; http://www.flickr.com/photos/psycho-pics/3396432884///
    28. 28. Feature Blogger Wordpress.com Free Yes Yes Private blogs Yes but to only to invited Google account holders. Yes, but to only 35 invited Wordpress account holders Pages Yes Yes Comments Visual confirmation, spam filtering and moderation options, but no editing of comments Moderation, comment editing and Akismet spam protection Categories Yes Yes Image storage 1Gb 3Gb Source: http://pulsed.blogspot.com/2007/07/blogger-wordpress-chart.html
    29. 29. Feature Blogger Wordpress.com Visitor stats Built-in dashboard stats & you can also include third party tracker scripts or any type of script. The admin dashboard shows 2 days of stats and daily, weekly and monthly charts. Source: http://pulsed.blogspot.com/2007/07/blogger-wordpress-chart.html
    30. 30. Feature Blogger Wordpress.com Themes and customisation Blogger has introduced a collection of easy to customise templates. Earlier templates can still be edited, but don't have the new features. No template editing. Style sheet editing is only available as a paid upgrade. Many of the 100+ themes let you upload a header image. Some have additional customization options. Source: http://pulsed.blogspot.com/2007/07/blogger-wordpress-chart.html
    31. 31. Blogging ‘on the move’ Options • iPhone app • iPad app • Android app Image: http://www.flickr.com/photos/danielmorris/275434941/ /
    32. 32. Blogging @ Wodonga TAFE Why? • On-going consistent message • Ease of access • Part of an active learning strategy • ‘Living’ social media wodongatafe.wordpress.com
    33. 33. Blogging @ Wodonga TAFE Who’s blogging • Diploma of Art (Interior Design & Decoration) • Advanced Diploma of Building Design & Project Administration • Bakery apprentices wodongatafe.wordpress.com
    34. 34. Information in, information out Using blogs to your advantage Image: http://www.flickr.com/photos/clintjcl/2848570286/sizes/m/in/photostream/
    35. 35. Blogs of interest Garbage or Gold • Top 100 Education blogs • Gizmodo • Andrew Bolt Image: http://www.flickr.com/photos/clintjcl/2848570286/sizes/m/in/photostream/ Image: http://www.flickr.com/photos/tao_zhyn/442965594/sizes/m/in/photostream/
    36. 36. Geoff Young Team Leader, Learning Innovation Learning Innovation and Organisational Development e: gyoung@wodongatafe.edu.au m: 0427 242 573 b: wodongatafe.wordpress.com t: @gsyoung
    37. 37. References Littlejohn, A. & Pegler, C. (2007) What is Blended e-learning? In Preparing for Blended E- learning (pp. 9-28, refs pp. 235-242). New York: Routledge Jenlick, P. & Kinnucan-Welsch, K. (1999) "Learning Ways of Caring, Learning Ways of Knowing Through Communities of Professional Development", Journal for a Just and Caring Education, vol. 5,no. 4, pp. 367-386. Web 2.0. (2010, October 31). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 05:51, November 1, 2010, from http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Web_2.0&oldid=393883999 http://wordnetweb.princeton.edu/perl/webwn?s=blog http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/blog Weiss, E. M., & Weiss, S. (2001). Doing Reflective Supervision with Student Teachers in a Professional Development School Culture. Reflective Practice, 2(2), 125-154. Minocha, S., & Kerawalla, L. (2011). University Students' Self-Motivated Blogging and Development of Study Skills and research Skills. In M. J. W. Lee & C. McLoughlin (Eds.), Web 2.0-Based E-Learning: Applying Social Informatics for Tertiary Teaching. Hershey: Information Science Reference. http://pulsed.blogspot.com/2007/07/blogger-wordpress-chart.html

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