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WBC04: day 3 morning

Creating on-line student communities using forum-supported institutionalised weblogs by Anil Pathak et al.

The authors use non-conventional definition of weblogs: based on “diary-like content” indeed of “diary-like format”. They used Blackboard discussion board for student’s “diary-like” postings. I don’t think that this is substantially different from forum discussions. Still, the analysis done is interesting and worth looking at.

Analysis categories

  • Discourse stage: norming – (no storming) – relationship building – collaborating
  • Discourse moves: classification of weblog posts (adapted classification of weblogs by Ford (see the reference below) to classify posts) according to their use (e.g. lifelog describing experience, querylog – asking questions)

From findings

  • correlation between stages and types of posts – would be interesting to see if it’s replicated somewhere else
  • no storming stage, no conflict and lack of disagreement – groupthink?

Reflecting on my problem with weblog definition used I’m thinking about distinguishing characteristics of weblogs. I guess the main on is personal: personal space, personal voice, independence. This is missing: as Anil explained you can get a “all postings by author” view there, but it’s not used often and people tend not to come back to their earlier posts (may be the case with weblogs as well).

As promised: Ford, R. (2000). Save the robots: Cyber profiling and your so-called life. Stanford Law Review, 52(5), 1573-1585.

This post also appears on channel weblog research

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