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Mid-Term Presentation: Weblogs. Introduction to Emerging Technologies Course. Presented by Teddy N Chimulwa TASO Uganda Limited 2011. What are weblogs?. Weblogs (blogs) are regularly updated news, opinions or journaling often read by RSS feeds.
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Mid-Term Presentation:Weblogs Introduction to Emerging Technologies Course Presented by Teddy N Chimulwa TASO Uganda Limited 2011
What are weblogs? • Weblogs (blogs) are regularly updated news, opinions or journaling often read by RSS feeds. • They usually allow comments and are used to engage specific constituents. • They can have one or multiple authors • Examples of tools to create weblogs include the blogger, wordpress etc
Reasons for my choice of tool • It can be used for both personal and professional learning- has broader affordances. • It is interactive and makes it easy to share news • Because it is easy to set up and use, it will be easier for my target group to use. • It is cheap (some tools especially wordpress are free) • Keeps records for reference
Pros of Weblogs • Very easy to set-up and use; • Very intituitive interface with lots of templates available • Easy to install • Designed just for blogging; • Allows multiple authors and roles • Link management (RSS feeds) • Comment management/moderation • A good ‘listening’ and ‘participation’ tool
Cons of blogs • May be misused – posting unhelpful content • Limited ability to provide on-spot feedback • Requires external marketing to obtain participation- the blog should be appealing to the target audience.
Applicability of weblogs to my situation • Creating a discussion forum for TASO Training Alumni to share their learning – emphasis on TASO internship program which links professionals from within Uganda and the rest of Africa. • Linking alumni to other useful blog links • Using the blog to communicate available capacity building opportunities at TASO • Effectively monitor the content to identify what the public thinks about TASO services
Conclusion • Given the broad affordances of weblogs, I think they are suitable for both my personal and professional networking.