Wednesday 2 March 2005

Blogging and E-Learning

Later in March I'll be presenting to a group in Canberra (ACT, Australia) on the role of Blogs and Wikis in learning as well as providing some practical demonstrations of how this technology works. I was asked to find some pre-presentation reading materials related to blogging and e-learning, so I thought I would share them here too:

This one isn't about blogging but looks at the related role of Wikis in e-learning:


  1. James,

    You might want to look at Shawn Callahan's interesting article on Using content to create connections between people which focuses on how blogs could be used to keep an IT sales force up to date with technical and industry changes.

    Blogs offer an interesting way to increase communication between people (inside or outside your company), because they are easy to use, have some permanence and act as a feedback mechanism whereby the people offering the most useful insights will realise their talents are appreciated due to comments and cross-blogging of entries.

    In that sense it promises to offer the sort of market mechanism that KM needs to help propel knowledge sharing throughout the enterprise.

  2. Thanks Angus. You might like to take a look at this earlier post here for my thoughts on corporate Wikis and Blogs.

    I think there are some barriers to blogging inside corporates that Shawn's paper skims overs. For example, IT architecture, business culture and security. I mean we've had groupware for years and some organisations still find it hard to use it well.

  3. Shawn - Actually my pov is that the difficult issue is managing BOTH the people and technology issues at the same time.

    Getting people to "blog" is no different from getting people to post something to a Lotus Notes discussion database.

    What I do like about your paper is that it gives people an idea of what might be possible (a good thing for IT innovation). But simply dropping a blog into an organisation can cause problems down the line if some of the technology and security issues aren't fully understood.

    For example, if other collaboration and communication technologies already exist in the collaborative infrastructure, they can end up competing with each other and diluting resources and user attention.

    I talk about the importance of understanding and supporting the collaborative infrastructure in a couple of my articles.


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