October 21, 2004

Amore informative example of a web log in action

Writing about web page http://blogs.warwick.ac.uk/e-learning/category/learning_grid/

I'd vouch for the claim that it only takes 30 mins to begin to use this facility. It might take rather longer to get theuse of the technology embedded in learning practices though!

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  1. Robert O'Toole

    Hi Christine.

    It certainly will take longer. But how long depends upon the approach that is already used in teaching.

    For example, one model that lends itself nicely to using blogs is when a lecturer asks students to write a response to a set of prompting questions before they come to a seminar. Several departments are already doing this. Alternatively, you could get the students to use the blog to keep a journal during the running of the module. One department is successfully using this to get students to keep a media journal that gives them a broader and deeper understanding of the issues dealt with in the core module content. There are lots of other approaches, and we are finding more all the time.

    We are currently developing functionality that will integrate Warwick Blogs even more tightly with teaching and research processes.

    If you want more details, or want to see some examples of what people are doing, then please feel free to contact us.

    Rob (E–learning Advisor, Elab)

    21 Oct 2004, 16:45

  2. Thanks – I'm thinking of using this to support learning portfolios during the running of a course next term. There is the possibility of creating a private log as well as creating interactive contributions.

    I'd like to explore how membership rules can be managed. I notice that the directory can group all registered users for a course. However the material that is shown is a mixed collection of all posts from students registered for the course and also blog registered. i.e. not course related.

    The course I am planning can have around 150 students and only runs for one term. To be hopeful that students can realise collaborative benefits contributing to their learning I think it would be helpful to have a course focussed view of posts, to be able to use this beyond the level of an individual e–portfolio for a course. Is this possible at present?

    21 Oct 2004, 22:15

  3. Robert O'Toole

    This is indeed possible. Each student needs to have a category in their own blog into which they put module related work. You can then see a single page that shows all of the entries from the students in your module that have been posted into that category.

    That then saves you from having to wade through their reports on the Top Bannana disco.

    22 Oct 2004, 10:14

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