August 28, 2003

Blogs in Class

From newly-discovered Syllabus Magazine by way of Stephen Downes Website.

In a very short time, blogging has moved beyond a niche activity for the hyper-extroverted to becoming the backbone of a new Internet communications movement. Although often deeply individualized, Web logging has revitalized the idea of online communities: many blogs have moved from obscurity to having a large and devoted readershipmany blogging sites enable people to link their blog to other blog clusters, based on topic and the interests of the authors.

Blogging has also transcended its first early use as a simple online diary. Enterprising alternative news outlets have expanded the concept by turning to Web logs to reach their audiences, easily bypassing mainstream corporate media. Family members use the software to keep in touch with each other. Musicians chronicle their tours for fans and press. Software developers document the development process of popular applications and solicit feedback from their user base.

What, then, is the potential for blogs in higher education? ... more

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Posted by fred1st at August 28, 2003 07:26 AM | TrackBack

In a sense academics have used blogs internally in the form of discussion boards (and probably listprocs) for quite awhile. The new challenge is in implementing a student blog in the public domain with all of the challenges found in the format. I think we will be starting internally and only publish final works once we come up with an effective way to monitor the site. (I get frustrated when we are slowed down by the legal issues, but a few nutcases out there make paying attention to them essential.) Students will be involved in the development of the site and the rules. Im betting that many of them already have blogs anyway.

Posted by: punctilious at August 28, 2003 07:54 AM

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