Wednesday, 22 June 2005

Blogging II

Ann Stott's Blog is a brilliant example of how a blog can be used to support Open and Distance learners and also a damn good read!

8 careful considerations:

Rob Spence said...

Well spotted, NG. It's interesting, isn't it, how blogs have become a vehicle for all kinds of stuff. In essence, they are web sites for folk (like me) who know nowt about building web sites. Another example is my colleague Robert Sheppard's poetry blogzine at http://robertsheppard.blogspot.com/

Nogbad said...

I can't take credit for finding this Rob - someone passed me the URL but I think it's great.

I like Robert's site too - thanks for that!

Morning-Loves-It said...

Wow - I wish my tutors on Social Sciences could do this. Maybe some of them wish they could too rather than prepare materials for distant tutorials with just two students managing the journey.

Her Blog is enough for me to want to register for the course.

Nogbad said...

Why not drop her a line to congratulate her M? I know many tutors have web based support materials but there is a danger that it'll put pressure on others to follow suit and we simply don't get paid for it - it's a labour of love (and I think Ann's page is very special and show's her love and understanding of the subject)

Bluefluff said...

Presumably Anne chose to disable the comments facility to make the blog less onerous to maintain. It's essentially a noticeboard, without the hassle of website authoring & hosting. A good example of how a non-interactive blog can work.

Nogbad said...

I agree - and I'd assume (but I don't know for sure) that the course offers other ways in which to engage in discussion. This forms an additional resource to support the material and - hopefully - engage participants in further discussion elsewhere.

Bluefluff said...

There's an OUSA conference (for the benefit of any non-OU readers, that's a discussion board run by the Students Association, with strict rules about not discussing assignments)& F2F tutorials held approximately once a month.

Anne's resources are probably of greatest value for students' own reflections on the topics - especially if they are unable to attend their own tutor's F2F sessions.

Nogbad said...

Another "blended" approach?