184 paper

Blogging for learning: Integrating social networks for staff development

Rod Sims
Instructional Design for Online Learning
Capella University

Diane Salter
Educational Development Officer
Hong Kong Polytechnic University

This paper provides the background and context to a pilot study to investigate the use of blogs (personal reflections) and wikis/clogs (blogs used for collaborative reflections) to support authentic learning, communication and the development of communities of practice within a higher education environment. The study is supported by the ascilite Community Mentoring Program and the results of the investigation will be reported in full at the conference.

Keywords: staff development, blogs, clogs, authentic learning, social networks, communities of practice