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ACCS 2008 Conference Presentation
Friday, March 14, 11:30 – 12:30

Don’t Call It a Blog, Call It Educational Publishing

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Session abstract:

What if we didn’t understand what we do in education with blogs as “blogging” but as a quick and easy way to publish online within a learning community? Or a place to feature a portfolio of students’ best work? Or a site where professors and staff track their professional and personal development? What if we understood “campus blogging initiatives” as a community publishing platform to share, learn, and integrate various resources from around the Web into a more specific community? This presentation will offer an alternative means of conceptualizing how university networks might approach supporting teaching and learning technologies by designing their online publishing systems around an RSS-rich aggregation system of open syndication, rather than closed repositories and Learning Management Systems (LMS) that seldom, if ever, allow or enable communication outside the walls of the course. Specifically, we will describe how we have used WordPress Multi User to build an enterprise-level educational publishing platform, and how it has fundamentally changed and transformed the online component of teaching and learning beyond the tools of the standard LMS.

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