Sunday, May 20, 2007

E-Learning Conference

I am delivering a hands-on session at the college's e-learning conference and started to put together all the stuff I would deliver about Blogs. It is amazing how much information is out there about Web 2.0 social software (see http://www.go2web20.net/) and how it is being used un higher education and research. There is currently a lot of talk about the arrival of Web 3.0 - the semantic web and although I would not usually advocate Wikipedia, it is worth checking out the information from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Semantic_Web if you want to find out more (also http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Web_3.0)

Back to the Blog session. I will likely be asked - what is a blog anyway? - as I titled the session at Friday's conference "Create a blog from Scratch - for beginners and luddites!" I have so far come up with this list:

-A website which contains periodic chronologically ordered posts on a common webpage
-Online journals where content is arranged in reversed chronological order
-Similar to Discussion groups
-Simple content management tools enabling non-experts to build easily updatable web diaries or online journals

Used for :-

Collaborative activity
Aggregative content management
Collective intelligence of users
Repurposing/remixing online information and knowledge repositories
Online social interaction
Sharing resources, knowledge, experiences and responsibilities

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