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  • Clive 9:58 am on April 3, 2008 Permalink
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    Digital Diaries as vehicles of assessment in HE (2007) 

    Using digital and paper diaries for learning and assessment purposes in higher education: a comparative study of feasibility and reliability – Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education

    The incorporation of diaries and journals as learning and assessment vehicles into programmes of study within higher education has enabled the further growth of reflection, creative writing, critical thinking and meta-cognitive processes of students’ learning. However, there is currently little research that aims to compare how different types of diary are used and for what specific learning and teaching purposes, so, with this in mind, a study was carried out to investigate digital diary use within a group of undergraduates, to some of whom the authors
    allocated Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs), which they used to contribute to a blog (digital diaries), and to some of whom hard-backed format (paper diaries) were given.

  • Clive 9:22 pm on April 2, 2008 Permalink
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    Blogs as tools for reflective learning 

    Article looking at whether blogs support reflective practices amongst middle school teachers in the states. Suggests it does. Could apply some of the same ideas to using blogs as reflective devices in undergraduate research.


    There is a dearth of research on the efficacy of blogs as reflective devices. However, a few recent studies suggest that blogs may promote reflective practice among educational users (Shoffner, 2005; Suzuki, 2004; Fiedler, 2003; West, Wright, & Graham, 2005). Research on the efficacy of reflection in electronic environments supports this potential use of blogs as well (Bonk, Cummings, Hara, Fischler, & Lee, 2000). According to Kennedy (2003), “…blogs combine the best elements of [technology, where] work is collected, edited, and assessed, with the immediacy of publishing for a virtual audience” (¶17). Written reflection has been noted in the literature as an effective method of thinking about practice (Calderhead, 1996; Palmer, 1998). Blogs, electronic written expression, are “especially effective at supporting…reflection…more so than other technologies would be” (West et al., 2005, p.1656).

  • Clive 4:50 pm on January 8, 2008 Permalink
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    My use of RSS 

    For some time now I’ve been wanting to evangelise on the benefits of using rss (or really simple syndication) to control the tide of information coming at us as we resemble more and more terminal ants on the keyboard of life.

    For the past three years rss has been proclaimed as the tool to usher in the new era of the web. But it hasn’t really caught on. Most people think its geeky, too complicated and/or that it leads to information overload (ie more information overload). However …

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  • Clive 8:30 pm on December 21, 2007 Permalink |
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    Google knols v Wikipedia 

    Google is trying a kind of wikipedia development of a knowledge database but rather than going for anonymity is highlighting authors’ names in order to … increase credibility. It’s still in beta/private. See google knols and the screenshot which might make a good pbwiki wiki model.

    But why not start a wiki for social change staff to build a similar database of key words/ideas that have relevance/resonance for the programme. It would be a way for students to see the community of practice actually practicing.

  • Clive 9:48 am on October 23, 2007 Permalink |
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    Second Life in education 

    Here’s a link to resources for the use of second life in education


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