yes, group blogs are special

30 11 2005

there’s a great discussion of personal versus group blogging going around. aaron nelson gives a good overview in his post teacher in development  :: blogging: personal vs. group.  as the editor/blogmeister of a team blog – in fact, one of my authors effectively announces his resignation from learning circuits blog in a post on his blog – the dialoge has a good message for me.  a truly group blog isn’t a collection of individuals just spouting off in various directions.  to have a value as a group blog, there needs to be some sort of community demonstrated on the pages of the blog.  some teamwork or at least organized animosity (think pbs’s crossfire). 

believe me, i’ve struggled with the hassle of having to choose between my personal blog and my group blog.  poor eelearning here was left fallow for much of the summer. but I do believe there are benefits to both formats.

i’ve got some more reading to do – it’s a hot discussion – but i’m learning from my fellow bloggers.  in essence that’s what the feature, beyond the blog (see previous post), that we’re running on LCB is all about.


going beyond the blog

27 11 2005

63984050_077a09127e_o over on learning circuits blog we launched what i hope will be an exciting feature which we are calling, "beyond the blog."  the basic concept is to break out of the traditional mold of post-comment, post-comment, post-comment.   in that traditional blog format a topic is only discussed as long as it stays in the #1 position on the first page.  on a team blog that can literally be 20 minutes (or it can be weeks, you never know what the other authors are going to do. 

so with beyond the blog i’m hoping that we can get some longer term discussions going.  we’re also breaking from the blog routine by opening up discussion wikis on five themes related to our topic.

the first topic we chose to use is a revisit to a post from learning circuits blog from november of 2003 by sam adkins.  in "we are the problem: we’re selling snake oil," adkins says that training, elearning, blended learning, and knowledge management aren’t working.  they don’t return value to a company.  (he’s only addressing corporate markets).  it drew a tremendous reaction from both those who agreed with him and those who were not so pleased.

come on over to my "other blog" and join in on the fun!

learning 2005 university: david lee on learning with blog and wikis

17 11 2005

i’ve now done my first podcast.  mark oehlert of the maisie institute interviews me in the podcast that you can find at the learning 2005 university blog.

Link: learning 2005 university: david lee on learning with blog and wikis.

if you get the chance, after listening the podcast, feel free leave a comment, positive or negative, on the learning 2005 university blog.  this is new technology with new proficiencies to master.  feedback can only help.

blog and wiki resources

12 11 2005

thought i’d post the link to the blog and wiki resources i posted on the learning2005 wiki.  by no means is it comprehensive, but if you’re just starting, it’s a great place to start.

be sure to scroll through the comments below as well for more suggested links.

ceo’s as bloggers

6 11 2005

michelle asks if a blog might be a good vehicle for her ceo.  it’s a great question, so i thought i’d post my response.

i’ve not had direct experience with a ceo blogger, but i’ve heard of very successful blogs by executives and big flops too.  there are several things to take into consideration.

my advice is to judge whether or not your ceo is really a blog kinda guy.  blogs are very informal and blog readers expect an authentic voice from bloggers.  if your ceo  prefers the company’s employees to refer to him by his first name and truly enjoys interacting with them,  it might work.  but if he’s very formal and is expecting someone in pr to write the blog and just tack on his name and signature, forget about it.  find another vehicle.  more damage will be done in the long run once it’s revealed he isn’t the author.

another consideration is time.  blogs are very immediate and to be successful, a blogger should be posting several times a week minimum.  ceo’s are very busy.  will he be willing to dedicate the time and effort to post regularly?  add on responding to questions raised in by employees in comments and you have a potential time sink for a person who has little time to spare.

finally, blogs are known for their outright honesty.  corporate blogs who have tried to "craft the message" have been found out and the product and/or company have suffered backlash from the marketplace.  you

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blogs and wikis and rss, oh my!

3 11 2005

i had the opportunity to co-facilitate (with allison anderson of intel) two incredibly high energy sessions on blogs and wikis at elliott maisie’s learning2005.  the excitement, and fear, over blogs and their potential use in learning was amazing.  after allison’s monday session was overflowing, a 3rd session was scheduled for wednesday and allison and i decided to team up for both my session on tuesday and the new wednesday session.

as we anticipated, the room was again overflowing on tuesday, so we divided the group in two and allison took half of the 150 folks to another room while I worked with the other half.  there were lots of questions from what is a blog? what is a wiki? and what is the difference.  how do i convince my it department to let me do a wiki/blog?  what’s the best use of each?  how do i set one up? 

some of things i learned in these sessions – either directly from others or by their questions stimulating

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