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Weblogs as dynamic learning spaces

Marica Ševelj | 3 July 2006

blogging geyser
Blogging geyser

This sudden growth was like a geyser: dramatic, unpredictable, and trending vertical.

Henning (2005)

Weblogs are as varied as their maintainers, and they are creating a generation of involved, impassioned citizens and articulate observant human beings.

Rebecca Blood (2002)

six pillars of blogging
Six pillars of blogging
  • Publishable
  • Findable
  • Social
  • Viral
  • Syndicatable
  • Linkable

Scoble & Israel (2006)

… criticalthinking skills, writing skills and information literacy … chance toreflect … carry onwritingabout a topic over a sustained period of time, maybe alifetime … engage readers and audience in a sustained conversation … synthesisedisparate learning experiences and understand their collective relationship and relevance.

This just seems to me to be closer to theway we learn outside of school, and I see those thingssorely lacking anywhere in traditional education.

Richardson (2004)

the blogger s brain
The blogger’s brain

… the learning cycle arises naturally from the structure of the brain.

Zull (2002) The art of changing the brain

We learn by both getting information from the outside through our concrete experience and by putting information back to the outside by our actions.

We learn from the outside in, and from the inside out.

Zull (2002)

Blogging combines the best of solitary reflection and social interaction.

Drs Fernette and Brock Eide (2005)


"A LOT of people spend a lot more than $US3000 a year on their hobbies," James Farmer says, laughing.

His hobby may be better described as a quasi-religious quest: he preaches a gospel of interactive learning.

At his web portal,, teachers and students can set up free blogs using WordPress, an open-source tool.

research tool

Their blogs soon developedbeyond digital ethnographers’ journalsinto a hybrid between a journal, academic publishing, storage space for links and site for academic discourse.

Research tool

Torill Mortensen & Jill Walker (2002)


Blogs are dynamic learning spaces. They can break down the isolation of distance learning through ever-expanding virtual learning communities.