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Enhancing learning beyond the classroom: blogging and other social networking tools

Blogging has become one of the key ingredients of the so-called socials networks.This phenomenon has indeed invaded the world of education. Connections between people,comments on each other posts, and assessment of innovation are usually interestingcharacteristics of blogs related to students and scholars. Blogs have become a kind of newform of authority, bringing about (divergent) discussions which lead to creation of knowledge.The use of blogs as an innovative, educational tool is not at all new. However, their use in universities is not very widespread yet. Blogging for personal affairs is rather commonplace, but blogging for professional affairs – teaching, research and service, is scarce, despite the availability of ready-to-use, free tools. Unfortunately, Information Society has not reached yet enough some universities: not only are (student) blogs scarcely used asan educational tool, but it is quite rare to find a blog written by University professors.The Institute of Computational Chemistry of the University of Girona and the Department of Chemistry of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona has joined forces to create “InnoCiència”, a new Group on Digital Science Communitation. This group, formed by ca. ten researchers, has promoted the use of blogs, twitters. wikis and other tools of Web 2.0 in activities in Catalonia concerning the dissemination of Science, like Science Week, Open Day or Researchers’ Night. Likewise, its members promote use of social networking tools in chemistry- and communication-related courses.This communication explains the outcome of social-network experiences with teaching undergraduate students and organizing research communication events. We provide live, hands-on examples and interactive ground to show how blogs and twitters canbe used to enhance the yield of teaching and research.Impact of blogging and other social networking tools on the outcome of the learning process is very depending on the target audience and the environmental conditions. A few examples are provided and some proposals to use these techniques efficiently to help students are hinted

http://hdl.handle.net/10256/928

Universitat de Girona. Institut de Ciències de l’Educació Josep Pallach

Author: Duran i Portas, Miquel
Simon i Rabasseda, Sílvia
Guillaumes Domenèch, Laia
Sodupe Roure, Mariona
Ríos Font, Raquel
Constantino Aguilella, Erika
Date: 2008 June 2
Abstract: Blogging has become one of the key ingredients of the so-called socials networks.This phenomenon has indeed invaded the world of education. Connections between people,comments on each other posts, and assessment of innovation are usually interestingcharacteristics of blogs related to students and scholars. Blogs have become a kind of newform of authority, bringing about (divergent) discussions which lead to creation of knowledge.The use of blogs as an innovative, educational tool is not at all new. However, their use in universities is not very widespread yet. Blogging for personal affairs is rather commonplace, but blogging for professional affairs – teaching, research and service, is scarce, despite the availability of ready-to-use, free tools. Unfortunately, Information Society has not reached yet enough some universities: not only are (student) blogs scarcely used asan educational tool, but it is quite rare to find a blog written by University professors.The Institute of Computational Chemistry of the University of Girona and the Department of Chemistry of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona has joined forces to create “InnoCiència”, a new Group on Digital Science Communitation. This group, formed by ca. ten researchers, has promoted the use of blogs, twitters. wikis and other tools of Web 2.0 in activities in Catalonia concerning the dissemination of Science, like Science Week, Open Day or Researchers’ Night. Likewise, its members promote use of social networking tools in chemistry- and communication-related courses.This communication explains the outcome of social-network experiences with teaching undergraduate students and organizing research communication events. We provide live, hands-on examples and interactive ground to show how blogs and twitters canbe used to enhance the yield of teaching and research.Impact of blogging and other social networking tools on the outcome of the learning process is very depending on the target audience and the environmental conditions. A few examples are provided and some proposals to use these techniques efficiently to help students are hinted
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Citation: ’ Enhancing learning beyond the classroom: blogging and other social networking tools’ a Univest 08. Girona: La Universitat, 2008 [consulta: 28 agost 2008]. Necessita Adobe Acrobat. Disponible a Internet a: http://hdl.handle.net/10256/928
ISBN: 978-84-8458-274-8
Document access: http://hdl.handle.net/10503/8507
Language: eng
Publisher: Universitat de Girona. Institut de Ciències de l’Educació Josep Pallach
See also: http://hdl.handle.net/10256/928
Rights: Aquest document està subjecte a una llicència Creative Commons: Reconeixement – No comercial – Sense obra derivada (by-nc-nd)
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Subject: Diaris interactius
Wikis (Informàtica)
Tecnologia educativa
Universitat de Girona. Institut de Química Computacional
Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Departament de Química
Title: Enhancing learning beyond the classroom: blogging and other social networking tools
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