here's a great example of how a blog can be used as an educational tool. blog on blogs: a weblog review was a the collaborative class project of the introduction to new media studies course at richard stockton college of new jersey this past fall.
see jill walker's definition of weblogs and the class's analysis of weblogs using nine common factors of blog make-up:
- blog roll
- inbound links
- audience analysis
a very thorough rubric by which to examine the quality and scope of a blog. i would think that an instructional designer charged with creating a blog for educational purposes would do well to examine how they are addressing these nine factors.
a great contribution to the world of educational blogging, alas, it seems, the authors have abandoned the site now that they are on to a new semester.
if you know of any other solid examples of blogs as educational tools i'd love to hear about them so i can include them here. just email dave with the link.