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Future Internet 2009, 1(1), 47-58; doi:10.3390/fi1010047

Can Weblogs and Microblogs Change Traditional Scientific Writing?

Social Learning, Computer and Information Services, Graz University of Technology, Steyrergasse 30, 8010 Graz, Austria
Institute for Information Systems and Computer Media, Graz University of Technology, Inffeldgasse 16, 8010 Graz, Austria
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Received: 22 September 2009 / Revised: 16 November 2009 / Accepted: 16 November 2009 / Published: 18 November 2009
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This paper describes a follow-up Web 2.0 approach to a technology enhanced master course for students of Graz University of Technology. The lecture “Social Aspects of Information Technology” has a long tradition for using new didactical scenarios as well as modern e-Learning technologies. After using a blogosphere one year ago, this year microblog channels helped to expand the traditional lecture. Students choose (on a voluntary basis) whether they want to participate in a blogging/microblogging group instead of using conventional methods called Scientific Writer/Scientific Reviewer. This study addresses the question whether this method can change the learning outcome into a more reflective one. Furthermore, peer-reviewing groups judge the quality of essays and blog contributions. In this paper we examine if microblogging can be an appropriate technology for assisting the process. This publication comes to the conclusion that an amazing potential and a new way to work with information is opened when using microblogging. Students seem to be more engaged, reflective and critical in as much as they presented much more personal statements and opinions than years before.
Keywords: scientific writing; blogs; Web 2.0 scientific writing; blogs; Web 2.0
This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY 3.0).

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Ebner, M.; Maurer, H. Can Weblogs and Microblogs Change Traditional Scientific Writing? Future Internet 2009, 1, 47-58.

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