Mapping the Blogosphere: Form And Effect In Weblogging
Michele Knobel, Colin Lankshear.
Following the explosion of weblogging since 1999, educators in many countries are trying to incorporate ‘blogging’ into classroom-based learning. As with earlier technocultural adoptions, however, questions arise about the extent to which, and conditions under which, weblogging might be taken up purposefully and effectively as part of formal learning. This paper looks at some conceptual and design dimensions of blogs in relation to author point of view and intent. Examples of effective blogs of different kinds are explored in order to understand why they are successful, and a range of educational implications are outlined.
Michele Knobel (United States)
Montclair State University
Michele Knobel is an Associate Professor at Montclair State University, New Jersey. Michele’s permanent home is in Mexico, where she works on a range of writing projects. Her research interests include school students' in-school and out-of-school literacy practices, new literacies and digital technologies.
Her recent books include:
- Everyday Literacies; New Literacies: Changing Knowledge and Classroom Learning (with Colin Lankshear),
- El Estudio Crítico-Social del Lenguaje (with Colin Lankshear),
- Boys, Literacy and Schooling (with Leonie Rowan and Chris Bigum),
and the forthcoming
- Handbook of Teacher Research (with Colin Lankshear).
Colin Lankshear (Australia)
Professorial Research Fellow
University of Ballarat
Colin Lankshear is currently a part time Professorial Research Fellow at the University of Ballarat. He is also an educational researcher and writer based in Mexico, where he has lived since 1999. Formerly a Professor of Education and Research Director, his current academic interests lie mostly in exploring emerging literacies and cultural practices associated with new information and communications technologies, and research methods in qualitative inquiry.
His recent books include:
- Ways of Knowing, Maneras de Ver, and New Literacies (all with Michele Knobel),
- Teachers and Technoliteracy (with Ilana Snyder),
- Cyber Spaces/Social Spaces: Culture Clash in Computerized Classrooms (with Ivor Goodson, Michele Knobel and Marshall Mangan),
and the forthcoming
- Handbook of Teacher Research (with Michele Knobel).
(Plenary Session Speaker, English)