Thursday, September 07, 2006

Why Blog?

Blogging Goes to College: Part 4

So in parts 1-3, I listed all the ideas for using blogs in the college setting. That's great, but how to encourage the unwilling to create or readblogs? We all know that motivating people over the learning curve and past their technology confusion can be difficult. Here are some ideas:
  • It’s better, faster, more efficient, an improvement
  • Showing that it’s easy and not a lot of work
  • Adjust based on how student learns [for the life of me, I can't remember what this one meant... this is what happens when you post things more than a month later]
  • Needs to be easier than what they’re already doing
  • Not redundant to what they are already doing
  • Needs to integrate with what they are already doing (how to get students to use blogging – ask them how many read friends’ blogs by just bookmarking and checking back? If they do it, show them Bloglines, etc, to make it easier)
  • Blogs are a tool of discovery
  • Blogs are a tool of communication and rapid publication (much faster than journals, books, etc)
  • People copy success (viewing successful blogs will encourage others to blog as well).

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