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Creating Learning Spaces in the Blogosphere: Lessons Learned from Initiating a Group Blog on Community Engagement
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E-Learn: World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education, in Washington, DC, United States Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), San Diego, CA

Abstract

This paper uses a case study approach to investigate the phenomenon of ‘edublogging’, the use of weblogs for education purposes, focusing on how faculty members initiated informal learning opportunities in the tertiary sector by starting a group blog. Current research typically focuses on personal or journalistic niche blogs on the one hand, and blogging in the classroom on the other hand. How can we conceptualize ‘learning by blogging’ when blogs transcend the academic and public space? How do both individual blog activity and blogging within a group contribute to learning outcomes? Using the framework of communities of practice (CoP) the case study examines the experience of a group blog on civic engagement that was initiated in December 2014. It discusses the blog’s goals, related expectations, preliminary outcomes as well as educational gains from the faculty perspective.

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Stephens, J. & Panke, S. (2016). Creating Learning Spaces in the Blogosphere: Lessons Learned from Initiating a Group Blog on Community Engagement. In Proceedings of E-Learn: World Conference on E-Learning (pp. 234-241). Washington, DC, United States: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved December 9, 2019 from .

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