Archive for category Blogging
Working with Simon Buckingham Shum (OU) and Ruth Deakin Crick (University of Bristol), I took part in workshop that was, in part, intended to explore the possibilities for a blogging tool to support enquiry-based learning. Progress during the workshop was recorded in a blog set up for the occasion.
This work led to the development of EnquiryBlogger. This project, funded by the Learning Futures programme in 2010-2011, tuned a blogging tool to scaffold authentic enquiry-based learning. Run jointly by the Open University’s Knowledge Media Institute, and University of Bristol’s Centre for Systems Learning & Leadership, EnquiryBlogger provides a set of plug-ins which extend one of the world’s most popular, robust, open source blogging platforms, WordPress (multisite edition, enabling admin of many child blogs under a parent blog).
Following the book chapter on virtual heritage, I was invited to Bangor as a speaker at the Virtual Heritage 2010 event.
This was a two-day “Science & Heritage Cluster” and VRLink workshop, bringing together industry, charities and institutions to discuss Virtual Reality techniques and ideas for Science and Heritage applications.
In autumn 2005, I moved from the masters programme on to the PhD programme at The Open University.
I also took up blogging. This was partly in response to the university prompting me to start a research journal, and partly because Gill and Anesa, with whom I shared an office, were already blogging.
Soon after that, Anesa, Gill and I started researching our blogging practice. We analysed our individual blogs but also, for a year, ran a joint blog at the university conclave.open.ac.uk/iet-students (now deleted). We even had a mirror blog for a while, in which we used tags and categories to analyse our blog posts.
My blog tracked the process of my research, and the constantly evolving nature of my research questions, which changed so often they had to be allocated their own category. Here’s their first(ish) iteration:
OK, here is the first ever formulation of my PhD research question (after I ditched the original idea about international communities in primary schools).
How do people successfully become members of an online learning community?
And the sub-quesion: ‘What problems and limitations stand in the way of successful membership?
Dave Wield suggested formulating the question in different ways, so here goes:
Why… do people have problems when forming online learning communities?
Where… are the most successful online learning communites found?
When… does a successful online learning community form?
How… do people become successful members of online learning communities?
What if… I had to design an ideal online learning community?