Privacy Considerations in the Selection of Blogging Software

Birney, Rosanne (2007) Privacy Considerations in the Selection of Blogging Software. In: EdMedia 2007, Vancouver, Canada.

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There are several benefits to using weblogs in education to support both collaboration and reflective practice. Results from an initial study which examined the effectiveness of weblogs are discussed. These results have shown that weblogs are useful tools for collaboration and groupwork, but that deep reflection was not evident in weblogs. It is suggested that this may be due to the public nature of weblogs. In the design of a second study, several types of blogging software have been considered, based on the privacy options they can offer. Wordpress is recommended as a suitable blogging tool for both collaboration and reflection. It provides students with the option to password-protect reflective posts to their blog, while leaving the rest of their weblog posts open to the public, thereby providing a means for collaboration with classmates.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Departments or Groups: eLearning Technology Group
Divisions: School of Science > Department of Computing, Maths and Physics
Depositing User: Rosanne Birney
Date Deposited: 10 Dec 2007 16:00
Last Modified: 23 Jun 2021 15:17

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