Pretty much the sections for using MovableType are the same, but I spent some more time trying to illustrate with more examples the potential of blogs in education.
I am grateful for some suggestions from Brian (who is running a similar one soon) and Scott for some new examples and resources. I plucked quite a bit from the ETUG BlogTalk these two and others were involved in.
To be honest, my new section here is really just scraping the surface, and will be a work in progress. I also tried to make a pitch that blogging is not just writing, but a social process to participate in (short version: “Comment at other blogs, damnit!)
Now that I have seeded the interest, it is up to the tech staff at Phoenix College to support it ;-). To be honest, setting up numerous blogs in MovableType is very painful and tedious, and until the MTPro comes out, I would recommend setting up a Pro account at TypePad, where for maybe $100 per year, they could run unlimited blogs, and have a much easier time of setup.
What came out of the questions from the group? Interest in being able to make blogs restricted (password), or parts public and parts private… (My response is, first, “why”, but second, if it is important, you have to create directories in password protected directories). Questions about will this be integrated into Blackboard and WebCT? (likely, as Bb is working on a building block interface, and I would not be surprised if WebCT was dabbling too- after all their strategy seems to mimic Microsoft- but for now there is no reason why they could not outlink to a weblog). Questions about ptotecting art work from right-mouse-click stealers (instrinsic web problem- if you do not want art taken do not post it on a web site??). Questions about why so many blogs are poor or uninteresting in design (Answer, they mimc the rest of the web where there is more bad than good, but also note that there are different audiences out there, more may be information hungry for text and links rather than pretty interfaces).
All in all there was positive interest, but the usual caution and fear of new technology.
And in the audience were people already with blogs!
A blog shared by Cheryl, a media technican at the college, is Campesinos de Arizona (Farmworkers of Arizona) documents the making of a documentary video (this is a project Cheryl works on outside her day job!). This is a great example of a blog for project journaling, and she mentioned they use the MT features for email notification to keep their board of directors updated on the project.
And then there is Chris’s outside work blog, 101 three sixty five (a play on his Radio assigned URL). For a long time Chris has been a head of the web pack! His blog has a collection of his photos and web site work, and he got a lot of traffic with his Ultimate California Gubernatorial Recall Candidate List.
So let”s see where they go from here… My work is done, I just stir up trouble, so paraphrasing my favorite author