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AJE: Blogs and Wikis Paul Bradshaw Senior Lecturer in Online Journalism UCE Birmingham Media Department. Blogs and wikis. Some definitions Personal blogging experience Blog experiences - online journalism 2005; online journalism 2006 What was changed and why - looking ahead to OJ 2007

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AJE:Blogs and WikisPaul BradshawSenior Lecturer in Online JournalismUCE Birmingham Media Department

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blogs and wikis
Blogs and wikis
  • Some definitions
  • Personal blogging experience
  • Blog experiences - online journalism 2005; online journalism 2006
  • What was changed and why - looking ahead to OJ 2007
  • Outcomes and objectives
  • Issues
  • Why wikis?
  • Wiki experiences - production event 2006; interactive promotion 2006/07
  • Outcomes and objectives
  • Issues
  • Conclusions

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bloggledegook
Bloggledegook?

Some explanations…

  • Blogs, vlogs, photoblogs, podcasts
  • RSS
  • Wiki
  • Social networking – YouTube, MySpace
  • CAR
  • Crowdsourcing

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blogs what
Blogs? What??
  • Blogs = web log; an online diary
  • Online journal or news diary
  • Links, commentary, thoughts
  • Have led to book deals, columnist jobs, TV appearances, and pure profit

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personal blogging experience
Personal blogging experience

Maintain various blogs including:

  • Ojournalism.blogspot.com
  • Interactivepr.blogspot.com
  • Webandnewmedia.blogspot.com

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why blog
Why blog?
  • RSS feed can be used in Moodle
  • Students can subscribe
  • Build contacts and profile – and knowledge
  • ‘Scrapbook’ approach – noteworthy items
  • ‘Analysis’ approach – explore topic
  • Effort to publicise and improve pays off – comment, register, use tags, feedster

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educational blogging experiences
Educational blogging experiences
  • Online Journalism 2005: students asked to blog about specialist area, and medium of online journalism
  • Online Journalism 2006: more prescriptive, better results
  • Citizen Journalism 2007: simple news operation
  • Online Journalism 2007: part of a wider news operation (‘editor’s blog’)

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examples
Examples

http://andyprice85.blogspot.com/

http://wrdmatt.blogspot.com/

http://richardsblog1985.blogspot.com/

http://jakbull.blogspot.com/

http://eliotmullett.blogspot.com/

http://deanheeley.blogspot.com/

http://simoned.blogspot.com/

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blogs in teaching outcomes
Blogs in teaching: outcomes
  • Clear split between First Class (30%) and 2:2 reflected depth of engagement
  • Mixes practice with theory
  • Medium itself part of learning experience
  • Produces legacy for future students
  • Connects with world outside classroom; contacts with industry
  • Some carried blog through beyond module

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empowerment
Empowerment?

"I find it a really good way to shout off at things as well as a way to improve my writing skill. And, now that more people are commenting on my posts, it is very rewarding to discover that some people care about what I have to say."

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issues
Issues
  • Clear focus/subject needed
  • How to quantify required contributions – 12 posts? 20?
  • Blog literacy – importance of linking, etc.
  • internet connectivity
  • Public access – public image, legal issues
  • Moodle blog – not public

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wikis what
Wikis? What??
  • Wikis = online resource which users can add to, and edit
  • E.g. Wikipedia, wikinews, wikispecies, wikiquote, memorywiki (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_wikis)
  • Collaborative, self-correcting
  • But can be open to accusations of bias – or over-conservativism – and error

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experience with wikis
Experience with wikis
  • Production Event 2006: collaborative schedule
  • Interactive Promotion 06/07: assignment – defining interactive promotion

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Experience with wikis
  • Schedule allowed all group members to amend roles and plans asynchronously
  • Important that changes are communicated
  • Medium itself part of learning experience
  • Collaborative learning – importance of groupwork
  • Editorial process – importance of rewriting and amending
  • Legacy for future students

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issues with wikis
Issues with wikis
  • How to assess contributions
    • Logbook?
    • Interim assessment?
  • Wiki literacy – do they know how it works?
  • Moodle wiki not public
  • Moodle wiki buggy
  • Public wikis and legal issues

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social media
Social media
  • Is the new journalist serving an online community?
  • Teaching the skills to navigate this virtual world
    • Where to go
    • Evaluating information
    • “The former audience” (Dan Gillmor) – crowdsourcing and campaigning
    • Using online tools – RSS readers, mailing lists, search term RSS feeds
    • Self-promotion?
  • How do we fit this in with everything else?

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conclusions
Conclusions
  • Important tools in themselves for students to learn
  • Can engender creative thinking around assessment from educator
  • Can build skills around collaboration, online research, communication, and reflection
  • Legacies for future students – not ‘archived’
  • Should be built on pedagogical aims, and with clear focus

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questions
Questions
  • For a copy of this presentation email paul.bradshaw@uce.ac.uk (x5367)

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