http://www.downes.ca/cgi-bin/page.cgi?post=59189

Short article surveying a paper called ‘Asynchronous discussions as threaded discussions or blogs,’ in Journal of Digital Learning in Teacher Education (I tried to find it on Google but there’s nothing; it may as well be invisible). Clarke and Kinne studystudent interaction in threaded discussions in a message board as compared to interaction in blog posts and responses. “According to their findings, students felt more engaged and personally connected to other learners by engaging in discourse through blogging.” It’s an interesting analysis. “ecause the form of blog writing tends to be less “academic” and more personal, students linked their meaning of academic material to their own lives and experiences. This resulted in more candid and personal discourse amongst the class.” I just wish the authors had posted it somewhere out here in the real world instead of some ridiculous academic journal so we could see whether they studied more than 25 students in a single class.

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