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Monday, May 14, 2007

Campus Technology May 2007

Instructional Strategies for Blogging by Ruth Reynard
Statement categories and the development of the individual learning voice
While the notion of "finding individual voice" is not new to the learning process, technology such as blogging has presented a unique opportunity for teachers and students to work intentionally at this process. The notion of individual voice, however, is difficult to manage and evaluate.

In an article I wrote a couple years ago for Campus technology, I suggested, "Instructors need time to evaluate the importance of self-reflection as a methodological approach in learning as well as the value of integrating personal voice in the learning context. Otherwise the exercise will be perceived as futile to the students." Since that time, I've focused on the actual use of blogs over a longer period and have evaluated what students were saying about their own learning through their posted statements. I found certain trends in the statements that seem to demonstrate a strong connectedness with students' processing of course material and new ideas.

Engaging Digital Learners
An eLearning pro’s eight rules and two insights to get and keep your students interested.
Ellen Wagner shares her Top 10 ways to engage learners.

About Ellen Wagner

She is senior director of worldwide eLearning solutions at Adobe Systems. She works with product teams throughout the company to help set the strategic direction for eLearning in all of Adobe’s markets. Wagner is well-known in higher education, having worked as Macromedia’s senior director of worldwide education solutions prior to Adobe’s 2005 acquisition of that company. Many of her previous posts have encompassed higher ed technology, including a tenured faculty position at the University of Northern Colorado. She has published more than 80 articles and book chapters on learning and instructional design, and frequently speaks as a keynote or featured presenter at professional conferences. Her PhD in educational psychology is from the University of Colorado.