I’ve always valued a new issue of EDUCAUSE REVIEW — not only is it cleanly published, tastefully illustrated, it typically features a number of excellently written articles in my field. It’s got a comfortable feel in your hands, not to heavy like a scholarly jouurnal, and very readable, but not light and fluffy like a grocery store glitz magazine.
But in looking at the November/December 2005 issue online I’m struck by some new features showing that the publication is becoming more blog-like:
First of, all the publication features an RSS feed. Stick it in your aggregator, and you will be able to jump to the newest articles before reading a review by Stephen Downes (well, you will need to read fast).
One note to EDUCAUSE, and for others adding RSS feeds- please run them through a validator — the current ER feed has several problems (I was just peeking at the source and noted the invalid date formats). RSS needs to be very structured, and in some applications, will not be nerely as forgving as browsers are of HTML.
Next! Each articles has a comment feature. Nice- allow the readers to interact with the author, and each another.
Lastly, you are nothing, blog or publication-wise, without some awesome content, and I cannot say enough praise-worthy things about Gardner Cambell’s essay There’s Something in the Air: Podcasting in Education. He hits all the high notes- explanatory detail, compelling arguments, relevant links, and a great scenario that sets the stage. I’m looking forward to hearing the podcast version. This is a must read / must listen for anyone trying to wrap their minds around podcasting.
So publications becoming more blog-like, blogs becoming more journal-like, new life forms evolving.