The blog and the borg: a collective approach to e-learning
Dron, J. (2003) The blog and the borg: a collective approach to e-learning In: Rossett, Allison, ed. E-learn 2003: world conference on e-learning in corporate, government, healthcare and higher education, Nov. 2003 Phoenix. Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education, Norfolk, Va, pp. 440-443. ISBN 1880094509
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This paper describes the use of tools and procedures to encourage reflective learning in a blended-learning postgraduate course. Its ethos encourages self-organized collaborative learning with little taught theoretical content. Students use a variety of Internet-based communication technologies and reflect on their experiences in an online learning diary or “blog,” The course is successful but its limited theoretical foundations, and technical and organizational problems caused by its blended delivery mode have led to student anxiety and have affected learning. The problems have been overcome through structural and methodological changes, sometimes at the expense of compromising the course's ethos. A new solution is proposed combining the use of blogs with CoFIND, a kind of “group mind amplifier,” leading to a technologically enhanced variant of Kolb’s learning cycle that may serve as an informative model for other technology-assisted courses.
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