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Monday, December 04, 2006

A thesison poetry blogs: http://lowres.uno.edu:80/classes/cyberlit/papers/ballardini/opening.html

Saturday, November 25, 2006

Craig Saper's article Blogademia should be useful and relevant to our study. He has interviewed a handful of academic bloggers, suggested the idea of "gossip knowledge," and envisions blogs as 21st century academic tools.

This whole issue of Reconstruction is about blogging--will need to read more.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Thinking about the paper we are working on, and the value of the tetrad. Also how to represent it. The list of blogging characteristics at the start of Bonnie Nardie et al's paper is good--keep in touch with others, thinking through writing, express ideas, follow issues--but if we think about a tetrad as the electrate version of the list, it provides us with four lists occupying roughly the same space, with items on the list interacting.

I have been thinking about our paper sections, and toying with the idea that we tell our stories chronologically, but we highlight, or do something interesting, with our key ideas--bold, different font, etc.--and then end the section with our personal tetrads, finishing the paper ultimately with a really complex tetrad. We would need to include in that final tetrad the possibility that some items might be both obsolesced (serious academic work--obsolesced by extensive and intensive blogging), yet retrieved by strategic, ten-minutes-a-day bloggin.

This final image might seem and feel a bit like a data cloud.

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Trying to catch up on some recent and not so recent blog scholarship.
The Learning Blogosphere (2006): a video presentation by Alex H. The drill instructor and hippie approach contrasted. Sees blogging as a gateway to learning beyond the class; sees the blogosphere as a sphere of incidental learning, somewhere between authoritarian and laissez-faire approaches to education.

Carolyn Miller and Dawn Sheppard, "Blogging as Social Action: A Genre Analysis of the Weblog" (2004). I was particularly interested in checking out the "social actions," which get summarized as intrinsic / expressive and extrinsic / community building. The article doesn't get very fine grained, and I think some subsequent scholarship even suggests that the extrinsic (to find community) has been a very small part of blogging. People tend to share their blogs with the people they know, and the wider audience, while important to some, is not important to many.

Charles Tyron's "Writing and Citizenship: Using Blogs to Teach First-Year Writing" tells a good story about bloggers' interactions with his students, and he generally believes that blogging has had a postive impact on his class, but he doesn't actually provide a study, and he does admit that some do not like writing in public, and others do all their blogging at the end of the semester.
Pedagogy 6.1available to subscribers.

Not finding anything about long-term bloggers / blogging, although I am sure it is out there. Better check robot wisdom.

Friday, September 15, 2006

This response to our article questions the value of identifying the print-based genres remediated by weblogging.

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

A blog post about a new blog article: http://oregonstate.edu/~farism/blog/?p=232

Michael blogs about an article in pedagogy that successfully incorporated blogs because blogs were a focal point, not ancillary. Makes sense!

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Pretty much our entire dept is going to NCTE this fall... crazy, eh?

So, GPACW is right before then... hmm. And over Veteran's Day weekend. Ooooh.

I'd love to go. Really. And if you two wanted to pick me up in good ol' Wahpeton, maybe it'd work? Man, I haven't looked at our stuff for so long. I got lost in the summer... probably got stuck in a box for a month when I was packing. Or packed my brain away for too long. Errgg.

I read that link you posted, Kevin, about a professor who lost his job... interesting. I have much to add to that as far as being a blogger & teacher, but sadly, I'll have to tell you in person.

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Very interesting--blogs as career hazards.

It does raise the question of how much blogs can/should help or hurt a career, and should they be counted toward tenure? A developed filter blog like yours, Kevin, I think should count for something, especially if others read it. But I bet it'll be forever before something like that gets credited.

I don't know what the standard would be for "established" blogs. Maybe there needs to be some sort of academic certifying mechanism to show that a blog meets certain criteria for longevity, quality of entries or research, and readership?

Does underscore what murky ground blogs reside in as "published" forms...

In my most current poetry manuscript, I include a final section with just a link to my blog. I think this is sort of interesting, in that it opens the boundaries of the "book" up in a problematic way. Also, the blog reveals drafts of poems ultimately included in the manuscript, as well as thoughts and comments and research and diddling that went into the poems as they were being written. So I think it makes for an interesting literary phenom.

Of course, given the conservative nature of the publishing industry, very few will likely see this as I do...

Oh well.

Monday, August 07, 2006

Could this blog ruin our careers?

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Kevin, I guess I'll say--if you and Sybil get something together for the conference, and if you can use me and/or want to define a place for me, I'll join in. I can't, however, take a really active role.

Sorry to be so passive, but, as I said in an email recently, I'm in energy and poem conservation mode.

Cindy

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