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BLOGGING . A Research and Resource Repository. What is a blog ?. A reverse-chronologically ordered sequence of entries on a particular topic or concept. Individual entries written, usually by one author. Links and uploaded documents enabled. Available for a World Wide Web audience.

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blogging

BLOGGING

A Research and Resource Repository

what is a blog
What is a blog?
  • A reverse-chronologically ordered sequence of entries on a particular topic or concept.
  • Individual entries written, usually by one author.
  • Links and uploaded documents enabled.
  • Available for a World Wide Web audience.
  • Comments on posts enabled to generate discussions.
uses for a blog
Uses for a blog
  • Journal – health, spiritual, travel, or other types of reflective journals
  • Expert source of information – sharing individual expert knowledge
  • News and media
  • Educational – a variety of uses in education
  • A repository of resources
what is a repository
What is a repository?

A repository is place for storing information.

why a research and resource repository
Why a research and resource repository?
  • Tertiary students and teachers undertake great volumes of research and reading.
  • Research and resources come from many various locations.
  • Research and readings are done at many different times and in many different locations.
  • Research and readings come from many difference sources and authors.
  • Research and resources need to be easy to find.
so why a research and resource repository
So…why a research and resource repository?
  • Students and teachers can link articles and research they have found to a post in their blogsummarising the important of the research to their current study.
  • Downloaded copies of research and readings can be uploaded and stored in a blog to keep safe and on hand.
  • Make citation easier when completing assessment tasks.
  • Allows a teacher to see the progressive research and reading of a student in their course.
so why a research and resource repository1
So…why a research and resource repository?
  • Keep notes on very relevant resources for easy recovery.
  • Teachers can make it a requirement that posts have to be made for each set reading so that reading student blogs will then show evidence of course task completion.
  • There are may many more benefits for blogging in this area.
examples e learning queen
Examples – E-learning Queen
  • http://elearnqueen.blogspot.com/
  • A comprehensive blog on e-learning

- Susan Smith Nash looks at all kinds of technology that contribute to e-learning.

- Shares podcasts and videos on the issues facing e-learning and its development

- Has links to downloads of free articles, ebooks, tips, essays, flowcharts and other guides.

examples stephen s web
Examples – Stephen’s Web
  • http://www.downes.ca/
  • Stephen is a prominent Canadian researcher who has chosen to use a blog to share valuable research, publications, newsletters, articles and links with theWorld Wide Web.
  • Chat and discussions take place here between many researchers and educators.
examples dissertation research
Examples – Dissertation Research
  • http://www.dissertationresearch.blogspot.com/
  • Provides resources for research purposes, reference materials, online expertise, development in writing and other skills.
  • Posts point to and discuss various resources to assist students looking to make sense of research materials.
  • Assist in developing writing and publication practice.
examples information wants to be free
Examples – Information Wants to be Free
  • http://meredith.wolfwater.com/wordpress/
  • A librarian puts her experiences into a blog that is specific and detailed in its real-life examples of the impact of technology.
  • Shares a huge amount of bookmarked resources.
  • Presentations available for viewing and further information.
  • Research into technology in education – case study examples possible.
examples e research for education
Examples – E-research for Education
  • http://blogs.usyd.edu.au/eresearch/dataresources/
  • A blog from the University of Sydney that explores the implications, policies and methods of researching online.
  • Often looks at and particular quotes relevant literature, providing good links to information on some implications for e-learning.
examples eschool news
Examples – eSchool News
  • http://www.eschoolnews.com/
  • Technology news for todays educators using technology.
  • Shares various resources and looks into much research on e-learning and educating with technology.
  • Links shared to other resource and research centres.
possibilities are endless
Possibilities are endless…
  • Blogs are so diverse in their setup and production, educators can use them as a tool for anything but as a tool to reflect on resources and research, it could prove of great value.
  • When writing an assessment task, someone could often end up thinking “where is the evidence to support that point I just made?”. If the student has a great record of their research in a blog and their reflections on each article or publication, finding the evidence needed is going to become so much easier.
ownership
Ownership…
  • Individual blogging on research and resources gathered adds to the profile of a person. A position on a particular topic or argument can be formed when a student is asked to reflect more critically on articles of relevance to their study.
  • Pursuing further study after an initial degree may become more common if students form and grow a love of their topic of interest by blogging about it… their blog could become their lifelong specialisation.
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