Academic Research on Blogging

A couple of useful papers on educational blogging by the founder of

Farmer, J. (2003). Communication dynamics : Discussion boards , weblogs and the development of communities of inquiry in online learning environments Introduction and background : Towards social constructivism and. (R. Atkinson, C. McBeath, D. Jonas-Dwyer, & R. Phillips, Eds.)Elearning, (1999), 274-283. Retrieved from

Blogs @ anywhere: High fidelity online communication

Authors: Anne Bartlett-Bragg, James Farmer

Abstract: Since early 2001 several institutions and many individual teachers have incorporated blogging into their online pedagogical strategies. During this time, weblog (blog) publishing technologies have evolved towards accessibility and ease of use and the technological barriers preventing adoption have, to a degree, dissolved. Blogs and their associated technologies are arguably heralding the most significant technological development in online teaching and learning since the introduction of enterprise level Learning Management Systems (LMS) (Downes 2004). This development is all the more significant as a result of the communication dynamics inherent within blog technologies. Whereas an LMS stores and presents all information on a centralised and hierarchical basis, bound within the subject and the organisation, blogs are distributed, aggregated, open and independent. Through the use of blogs, it is suggested that teachers and learners are becoming empowered, motivated, reflective and connected practitioners in new knowledge environments. The balance between individualised and centralised technologies is restored. The application of weblogs in an education setting will, at best, have a limited impact if due consideration of these developing communication dynamics are ignored. This paper includes a brief review of some of the institutional and individual blog projects that are taking place in higher education. In doing so it examines the different types of blog environments that are being used in terms of their communication dynamics and subsequent impact upon teachers, learners and pedagogy. Further, a more detailed examination is made of the use of blogs in teaching and learning in courses at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS). In light of these studies and examination, possible approaches to implementing blogs in institutional settings are outlined in the form of an alternative Online Learning Environment. In addition, a study to be undertaken in 2006 examining the impact of blogs on teaching and learning at Deakin University will be described.

Publisher: Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education–anywhere-high-fidelity-online-communication/

Mobile Blogging: A Guide for Educators

Authors: Thomas Cochrane

MLearn 2007

Educause Learning Initiative. (2009). 7 Things You Should Know About. Educause. Retrieved from


Social Media + Twitter Presentation

Hi Everyone,

You can access the Prezi I gave on Thursday here:

Here are some of the links from the Prezi:

Check out TweetDeck for more advanced Tweeting options and download the Twitter app from the App Store (free).

Social Media Overview: 14 June

Hi everyone,

Tomorrow I’ll be doing a social media overview, focusing particularly on the tools we’ll be using in MobCop: Google +, Twitter, WordPress, Youtube/Vimeo, Bambuser, Behance and Storify. These will all be covered in more depth in the next few weeks according to the following schedule:

14 JUNE   THURSDAY > Anna | Social media
18 JUNE   MONDAY > Laurent | G+   +   Anna | Twitter
21 JUNE   THURSDAY > Geraldene | Blog
28 JUNE   THURSDAY >  Thom | Youtube/Vimeo
02 JULY    MONDAY > Anna | Bambuser (via Hangout)
05 JULY    THURSDAY > Laurent | Behance (eportfolio)
12 JULY    THURSDAY > Thom | Storify

After our meeting on Thursday I’ll upload my presentation here on the blog and add any other links or resources.

If you have any questions or topics you’d particularly like covered in tomorrow’s session please post here as a comment. (We’ll have plenty of time to have a discussion during tomorrow’s session too).

See you all tomorrow.

Resource: The Participatory Documentary Cookbook

Jenny Weight at RMIT has published The Participatory Documentary Cookbook for free as a downloadable pdf. This is a really great resource for using free social media tools in the classroom, and will be useful for all of us.

Now available free, my textbook for creating participatory documentaries using social media. Aimed at people who can take photos and engage with basic social media, it seeks to leverage the social web to create niche community-based documentaries. You will learn how to create a semi-professional project without spending any money on gear or software.

The cookbook is available as a PDF download. An enhanced iPad version with video and audio content will shortly be available at the Apple iBookstore, also free.