Don’t Call It Blogging…

Call it Academic Publishing
Gardner Campbell and Jim Groom
Univ of Mary Washington (now at Baylor)

Gardner Campbell

Gardner Campbell

He starts off by putting an interesting piece of equip on the table next to me: Edirol 24 bit digital wave/mp3 recorder. Looks complicated.

Gardner is a dynamic speaker…interesting. Talks about the publishing done every day. Stu constantly hand in paper/tests only to the professor and then back to student when we know that learning is done thru sharing.

You can’t understand the web by using an lms, you learn it by building a sandbox where people can explore. This sandbox was formative in their learning. Decided to look at blogs in particular.

Experimented with blog publishing in a class and felt it was transformative.

They moved away from the term blog because they weren’t blogging, they were publishing. The homepage highlights certain users. They use wordpress mu.Their system is taking off without much coaxing. People are sharing learning on the open web. It is a syndicated oriented architecture which means they all have rss feeds. This is key because you can push it out to wherever you want it. How does it work in a class? Each student will tag a class-related post with a teacher defined tag so it comes to the teacher’s webpage via rss. They use “tags” plugin to do this. Feed wordpress plugin allows you to subscribe to a tag feed then you can republish the collective feed.

They also use group blogs and with the “add users” blog they can ad thenselves to a group blog. also use it for eportfolios (roblog – robert lynn). they create research sites ( dept sites ( prof pages (mrotter). notablog, greatlives, ecaudio, literaryjournals – each stu creates a litjournal. the contributors publish where they want then the stu aggregate it.

Session Q&A

How do you protect the students? they tell them its published and permanent. They educate them on being smart on the web.  Be responsible.  These students are participating in their learning

ferpa – the stu can determine how discoverable they want to be on the web by using alt names and hitting the privacy switches.  The control is in the hands on the students.  This blog server is not hooked into anything that contains personal info like sis.  Leave it sep. So if hacked u only get the user name.

This builds learning communities.    Students have cntinued their blogs after of the class.  They have been referencing other stu blogs.

Does anyone argue it bleeds into your lms? no, its optional and gives fac another way to put their class and work out there.

Have other faculty had their pedogogy transformed? Yes  the online lit pgm faculty member felt that blackboard didn’t make sense to her and in her class and blogging opened her eyes.  Econ stu co-created into a wiki space.

What doesn’t work? doesn’t work for gradebook or quizzes.  Its about the intereactive leaning and intellectual discourse.  It’s not built for automated assessment but its a good time to ask if this is the best way anyway.

How long does it stay? can be problematic when u link to things that can disappear like on youtube.

Gardener feels it’s important to participate yourself.  This makes your assignments and use more authentic.

The gist of the presentation was “It’s not about any one course.” It seems to be more about the collective, publishing, referencing and learning from one another.

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