For all the quasi-instantaneous ubiquity that blogs have enjoyed, and the subsequent books that have been written directing you on how best to jump on the bandwagon, no one has seems to have sidestepped the mania to offer a thorough and objective examination of the surging web phenomenon. This is where Edublogging comes in. Focusing on blogging in education (indeed, with blogs, you GOT TO focus SOMEWHERE!) Kristina Schneider uses research methodologies to turn the tables on blogging by scientifically examining blogging itself.
Now don't let my mention of science throw discourage you; it CAN be done in an interesting manner! And this is certainly the case with Edublogging. We start with an insightful contextualization of blogging, where the seemingly out-of-nowhere phenomenon is revealed as the latest descendant in the family tree of learning community tools. We then switch to a fun, reality-show-reminiscent introduction to five bloggers, who were interviewed about who exactly they are, what their purpose for blogging is, what they write about, and so on.
Through these interviews, and tracking of their blogs, Kristina then goes about painting the landscape of the blogosphere, discerning recurring characteristics to offer vital statistics on blogging such as the profile of a typical (edu)blogger, and the tendencies and caveats of their blogs. Of particular interest to those of us in academia is her addressing of pivotal issue: credibility. In a world where anyone can write anything for everyone else on Earth to read, what level of validity do blogs get accorded by academic institutions and other professional establishments that undergo multiple levels of rigor and quality assurance before emitting their first peep?
I enjoyed and appreciated Edublogging for its inaugural contribution to the academic literature on its topic, and for its ease in reading DESPITE being a contribution to academic literature! I deduct one star (In actuality three quarters of one, but this isn't an option here...) only because in deducing patterns and forming conclusions, Edublogging repeats interview excerpts, while I felt that this could have been accomplished in a sleeker manner; perhaps with some nifty instructional design visuals. I'm not worried about Kristina's future works however; as a rare guest blogger herself for Brandon Hall Research, she is writing all the time, improving as we speak.
- 语种： 英语
- ISBN: 0981344801
- 条形码: 9780981344805
- 商品尺寸: 14.8 x 0.9 x 21 cm
- 商品重量: 213 g
- ASIN: 0981344801
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