Notes from Meg Hourihan's talk at O'Reilly Emerging Technologies Conference 2003.
I am also posting these ideas on TechRhet in response to Tari:
1) Individual blogsites are personal writing spaces--drawing upon the journal analogy--which students can/may/will feel that they have some ownership. As part of my course, beyond assigned readings and writings, I require students to blog on their own on whatever they wish. Some students this semester have said they find it fun to write what they want to write about and post online. One student whose mother is a writer, said that she shared her blogsite with her mother, and her mother enjoyed reading her writing during the semester. To me, students seem to be demonstrating increased pride in their writing.
Great resource for covering the current discourse on social software and the distributed communication via the semantic web.
"Consequently, he believes the role of design is to fade into the background, so that users have more freedom to participate in the final product, and to focus instead on drawing users in, engaging them and extending the experience by encouraging dissemination." Sounds like a transparent media. Given the cyclic nature of media and remediation (thinking of Bolter here), the next generation beyond social software which is textually based communication at the semantic level is an opaque media: virtual reality.
Seems that the best configuration for teaching with Drupal would be two sites: one for the teacher, and one for students.
As a teacher, blogger and writer, I want my own site and don't want to share it with a community so that I can take full advantage of it as a research tool/knowledge management system. I also want semi-privacy when not posting to the main page.
This seems so obvious it's true, but nevertheless, I wonder if it's ever been stated: anyone who reads online for professional research or serious personal interest has every reason to keep a blog.
After all, we know that writing improves learning and memory. But why write in a notebook fifteen minutes or more when you can plug into a blog site that
- is fully searchable and acts as a better means for finding notes in the future