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  • 1. Why They (Wont) BlogDr. Marcel Rotter University of Mary Washington(mrotter@umw.edu PP on Slideshare)

2. Background UMW University of Mary Washington inFredericksburg, VA 4000 undergraduate Students,800 graduate students Largest majors in Biology, Psychology, Business, English Department of Modern Foreign Languages:- Spanish, French, German (=majors)- Italian, Arabic, Chinese (= language programs)- Language Requirement (intermediate proficiency or2 years of college-level instruction) 3. Technology at UMW Own blogging platform ****.umwblogs.edu Wordpress based Support of IT by administration Support of IT for faculty and staff Jim Groom (Edu Punk) = director of IT Faculty Academy each spring Training sessions for groups and in offices Blogging very common in classes 4. Blogging in Advanced German Classes Part of the syllabus technical session with IT support staff Assignment of topics usually throughteachers or class blog Students have to blog 1-2 paragraphs &comment on at least two other blogs Teacher comments on students blogs Grade assigned to force participation 5. Problems Students unwilling to blog in the FL in German andsome Spanish classes (teacher interviews, studentsurvey) Students overwhelmed by blogging in classes Would students blog in FL without a grade? How to make the assignment of the gradetransparent? Make it part of a comment on the blog site? (FERPA=) Email explanation? (effective? Time consuming) Correction by students? Privacy issues 6. Elements in the blogging process1. Technology2. Teacher3. Students4. Content6. [Administration]7. [Parents] 7. 1. Technology impact of other technology on teachingThomas Edison in 1922: I believe that the motion picture is destined torevolutionize our educational system, and that in afew years it will supplant largely, if not entirely, theuse of textbooks. The education of the future willbe conducted through the medium of the motionpicture, a visualized education, where it should bepossible to obtain one hundred percent efficiency. 8. 1. Technology Seymor Papert 1984: There wont be schools in the future.The computer will blow up the school. similar claims about the radio, TV, teachingmachines (learning laboratories) 9. 1. Technology Larry Cuban: history of these visions of technological utopia, how the samekinds of educational claims recurred with each medium, and how in eachcase those claims were largely refuted by subsequent developments large majority of teachers ignored these apparently revolutionary devises after extensive investments and a period of initial fascination technologyleft to gather dust.[2] Government: largely uncritical acceptance of nebulous rhetorics of theinformation society Example:claim that majority of employers now require workers with highlevels of technological skills but even within the technology industries, they are more interested inmuch broader personal and social qualities. (Cup stacking?) Sales pitch of Computer shops to parents and college students: Computerswill enable you to get ahead in the educational race. Technology advertising preys upon adults anxieties about their ownincompetence and their fear of failing to catch up with the youngergeneration Larry Cuban Teachers and Machines (New York Teachers College Press, 1986), and see also Carolyn Marvin When Old Technologies Were New (Oxford:[2]Oxford University Press, 1988) 10. 1. Technology 2. Teacher How should schools respond to the role ofdigital media in students lives? Teacher training in new technology Changing authority in knowledge acquisition 11. 3. Students young peoples media increasingly inaccessible to themajority of adults (by design?) banality of much new media use 12. 3. Students Young people permeated/defined by modernmedia contemporary consumer culture. democratization of relationships students experiences with electronic media Outside of school: the self-determined user/consumer Inside of school: the guided student New media mostly interactive (Pull-media) Older media, such as TV (Push-media) both kinds inter-connected boundaries between mass communication andinterpersonal communication breaking down 13. 3. Students Are our students really so media-savvy aswe think? Digital media = indispensable aspect ofyoung peoples leisure time experiences. Does exposure to media means masteringthem? 14. Surveys among students2. 2008: 50 FL students, 20 English majors4. 2012: 75 students from FL and other departments 15. Bloggers / Non-Bloggers 16. Length of exposure 17. Blog-Site ownership 18. Current Use 19. Motivation of BloggingIIhad to blog class. I like howthan that I did it for for classes, other it savesdont do it. Blogs dont interest me everything automatically often andI because they are too internet-intensivelike using it for classes, its a good and not very personal. They rely too way to get everyones information much on internet persona and not a real in theperson. place. same 20. Feature Preferences IThe best part of blogging is the comments. Idont always use them and they arentalways welcome, but usually they are agreat tool. Commenting, even whenteachers force it, is a way to move allpeople into thinking for themselves,constructively, and forming their OWNthoughts on the matter. From a writersstandpoint, comments are excellentfeedback. 21. Feature Preferences II and its very exposing to put your innermost thoughts on the net. Some people cant take that kind of pressure but use a blog anyway and then cant take the pressure when poor comments are made. 22. Blogging in a FL 23. Yes, in FrenchFL Distribution(beginner/intermediate), Spanish(intermediate), and German(beginner). I comment in otherlanguages often. I have a lot offriends on LiveJournal from othercountries. 24. Motivation for Blogging in FLBlogging in a I have blogged in Spanish for my classes. They wereforeign languagenot effective because no one was interested in doingkinda allows one to them. The idea was for us to share our ideas witheach other and respond, but since it was forced,make the languagepeople only did it (when they did it) because theyones own.had to and it did not generate deeper thought. 25. Obstacles to Blogging in FLI maintained a blog in Spanish for my literature course. The only thingthat would motivate me to blog (not just in a foreign language) would begrading. Lets leave the blogs to the middle school studentscomplaining about how awful their lives are. 26. Motivation for Blogging in FL Possibly. If I ever become truly fluent in a foreign language thenyes, it is a good way for classesbut I cannot I will,to communicate and farther in another thinkpractice their use of the language. and certainly languageIt is especially nice for students much work its toowho are not strong speakers. very little hope of with payoff. 27. Obstacles to Blogging I find myself unable toTheyre a waste bloggingReasons for notattend school,maintain a blog, of time. and do everything Id often include: Ive also foundlike to get done. Facebook is sites like Fictionpress.com to be better suited tonot an ideal medium for displaying fiction to a more critical audience. I have no desire to use a blogIas a common journal. I doorblogging feel one really do not No any need however read the blogs of myto hear and find havewants to blogwhat I them desire friends insightful.to talk about 28. Motivation to Blog If I find I have this burning desire to reach the world (perhapsas part of project to perhaps if I become a perhaps, for teaching hermit) interest in my generatethen I will no doubt purposes. blog in an organization, non-profit effort to reach the outside world.Honduras Students Helping 29. Electronic Media Use 30. Creators vs. Consumers 31. Creating Media 32. Elements of success in blogging (?) Students Must be fluent enough to express opinions Must be motivated to share opinions Must have a sense of identity Must be able to use technology Teacher Must plan blog as integrate part of course Must provide motivation and stimulation Must master technology (or must have help) 33. Elements of success in blogging (?) Content Must be relevant to students Can be multi-medial Technology Must be easy to deal with Must be attractive to students 34. Elements of success in blogging (?) virtual places of learning are no substitutefor face-to-face learning, just an extensionand broadening Online and Offline content must beconnected since it is the same subject 35. Elements of success in blogging (?) Network structures in cyberspace changein roles of students: Teachers: owners of knowledge participants in creation of knowledge roles are constantly changing: author reader producer interpreter But what if students refuse to participate inthis process?? 36. UMW BlogsBlogs: http://german393.umwblogs.org/ www.mrotter.umwblogs.orgJeremy Larochelle (colleague in Spanish) freshman seminar: http://jlarochellefsem.umwblogs.org Lit. courses: http://jlarochelle317.umwblogs.org.Slideshare: www.slideshare.com, search for user mapauro 37. Blogging until the end