Weblogs and propaganda

Mark Bernstein quotes a question by Karin Tzschenktke from the BlogTalk press conference: How do we keep weblogs from becoming merely a channel of propaganda? Mark thinks this is an interesting question but answers by speculating about intrinsic motivations of weblog authors, that fundamentally are against propaganda and that the attention economy will filter most […]

Platform vs. Strategy in E-Learning

I just heard an e-learning expert demonizing the platform discussion (e.g. “Which Learning Management System is best?”) while at the same time suggesting to evaluate Microsoft e-learning products. Then I found this other quote someone called Björn from a discussion thread on Peter Baumgartners weblog: … every system claimed to the-one. I find that boring […]

Learning by accident…?

Martin Spernau’s comment on “accidental learning/teaching/sharing” got my attention. There is are lot of “non-intentional” aspects in communication and we tend to discuss and regard only the “intentional” aspects (just think of body language for example). But “by accident” is not a strategy. You can’t do anything willingly “by accident”. So I’d rather think of […]

Counter-Productive Multitasking

Another article about how much counter-productive is multitasking. Because we’re people, we don’t swap out the content of our brains as easily as a computer does, and we definitely don’t swap in the old state when we’re ready to return to the original task. […] Gerald Weinberg, in Quality Software Management, Vol. 1, Systems Thinking […]

Blogs at universities

Stephan Mosel pointed to a new weblog initiative at the University of Minnesota. This project offers a free weblog to every university member. This now makes three places in US that offer central weblog services to every member: Harvard University: http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/ Stanford University: http://www.stanford.edu/dept/itss/projects/blog/ Univeristy of Minnesota: http://blog.lib.umn.edu/ Peter Baumgartner asks why german universities do […]

Visual Design Elements of Weblogs?

Lois Ann Scheidt and Elijah Wright:Common Visual Design Elements of Weblogs [DOC] Conclusion: One pattern clearly emerging as a result of this research is that individual webloggers do not tend to make substantive structural changes to the layout of their sites. This confirms one of the predictions / observations leading to this study: that ‘significant’ […]

A closer look at why people blog

Here is a paper (PDF) by Bonnie Nardi, Diane Schiano, Michelle Gumbrecht and Luke Swartz about motivations for weblogging: We discovered five major motivations for blogging: documenting the author’s life, providing commentary and opinions, expressing deeply felt emotions, working out ideas through writing, and forming and maintaining communities or forums. These motivations are by no […]

The revenue of blogging investment

Will Richardson of Weblogg-ed.com has collected the most recent posts from different locations about the “weblog in education” discussion: A number of threads about the value of blogging in the classroom have been floating here and there lately, many of them here. For context, some of the more relevant posts areReading and Blogging hereAre Students […]

What’s the blogging point?

James Farmer discusses once again the benefits of weblogging in education. He concludes: … in a setting where expression, collaboration, peer support, successful class dynamics, risk taking, sharing and all these recognized characteristics of effective learning are fostered, then personal publishing allows for a revolutionary form of expression and exploration between learners in the same […]