Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Trust and Transparency

Trust I've been kept busy over the last week with our undergraduate PLE course and postgraduate Small Worlds project (blogging the most interesting bits here), but I have had time to read a couple of interesting blog posts which were published.

Ruth Reynard wrote about Avoiding the Five Most Common Mistakes in Using Blogs with Students. Most students don't take natually to blogging imposed as a means of assessment, or "reflection", and Ruth provides a good summary of the common problems:
  1. Ineffective Contextualization
  2. Unclear Learning Outcomes
  3. Misuse of the environment
  4. Illusive grading practices
  5. Inadequate time allocation
Short version: avoid problems by transparency/clarity of purpose.

The THE also woke up to the fact that a few academics are blogging, but much more interesting were Stephen Downes thoughts on "What the heck is an e-portfolio": My Digital Identity, which I'll summarize in list form as for Ruth's post:
  1. Technology
  2. What We Think About Identity
  3. Asking Questions About Identity
  4. The Failure of Authentication
  5. Trust and Motivation
  6. Identity and Resources
Short version: it's all about trust.

Lots of food for thought there.