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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

  • 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?

Some explanations…

  • Blogs, vlogs, photoblogs, podcasts

  • RSS

  • Wiki

  • Social networking – YouTube, MySpace

  • CAR

  • Crowdsourcing

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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

Maintain various blogs including:

  • Ojournalism.blogspot.com

  • Interactivepr.blogspot.com

  • Webandnewmedia.blogspot.com

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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

  • 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

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

  • 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?

"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

  • 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 = 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • For a copy of this presentation email [email protected] (x5367)

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