KSC Instructional Technology


Thanks to all who attended the first Instructional Technology Brown Bag discussion with Larry Welkowitz. It was great to see all of the technology faithful there, as well as those who had vaild concerns about privacy and the often sub-standard quality of content on personal blogs.
Jenny Darrow, the leader of the Instructional Technology liaison team, had this to say about the topic:

"I think that some of the criticisms about blogs or podcasts are generated by misinformation. Do a Google search on “blog definition” - notice that they often refer to personal journals or diaries. No wonder educators are turned off! But look at how blogs are used now: student reflections, political commentary, .com businesses are even using them for marketing purposes! As Larry said in his brown bag lecture, blogs and podcasts are blurring the way we get information."

Here’s an interesting article that touches on the evolution of blogs.
Educational Blogging by Stephen Downes: http://www.educause.edu/pub/er/erm04/erm0450.asp

We'd love to hear what you think about the subject. Click on the comment link at the end of this forum entry and let your opinion be known.


  • It was good to see a constructive use of a blog for academic purposes. In the latest (February) edition of University Business there is a editor’s note identifying three university presidents who blog:

    Arizona State University www.michaelcrow.net

    Michigan State University http://president.msu.edu/blog

    Trinity University www.trinitydc.edu/about/president/blog

    Wonder if Dr. Giles-Gee could be the first “college” president to blog?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:12 AM  

  • Many blogs--even some of the better ones--are painfully self-involved and self-referential. But this self expression is also what makes web blogs so lively and interesting, and--I'd suggest--the place where we might most often find people writing in their own authentic voices. As a writer and a writing instructor, I find this quality of blogs valuable and often delightful. I do hope, though, that some of the mesmerized self-regarding quality of blog writing will go out of style.

    By Blogger Tracy, at 7:35 PM  

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