NME 2006

Workshop B1: Simply Blogging

Presenters: Jonathan Hall, Educational Technologist and Brian O'Hagan, Production Coordinator

The web log (blog) is now a mainstream activity. Learn how easy it is to set up a blog for personal use or to set up student activities around blogging to enhance classroom work.


Jonathan Hall and Brian O'Hagan simplified the arcane vocabulary for blogs (blogosphere, trackbacks, pings) down to a basic definition of a blog: a Web site made up of discrete "entries" which sometimes allows reader comments.

Using this simple definition, Jonathan and Brian briefly discussed how blogs and blogging might be incorporated into different kinds of learning enterprises depending on the goals of a particular course or discipline. Following a quick step-by-step demo on how to setup a blog quickly using a free service, Blogger, they then demonstrated a number of blogs created on Columbia's campus, both for research and instructional use.