Academic Research on Blogging

Here’s some useful papers on educational blogging:

Two by the founder of

Farmer, J. (2003). Communication dynamics : Discussion boards , weblogs and the development of communities of inquiry in online learning environments Introduction and background : Towards social constructivism and. (R. Atkinson, C. McBeath, D. Jonas-Dwyer, & R. Phillips, Eds.)Elearning, (1999), 274-283. Retrieved from

Blogs @ anywhere: High fidelity online communication

Authors: Anne Bartlett-Bragg, James Farmer

Publisher: Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education–anywhere-high-fidelity-online-communication/

One by myself:

Mobile Blogging: A Guide for Educators

Authors: Thomas Cochrane

From MLearn 2007

An argument for user-generated content from Axel Bruns:
Bruns, A. (2007, March 21-23). Beyond difference: reconfiguring education for the user-led age. Paper presented at the ICE3: Ideas in cyberspace education: digital difference, Ross Priory, Loch Lomond, Scotland.

And a great argument from Steve Wheeler: “Seven reasons teachers should blog”

And some examples of blogs used in higher education courses:

And finally some student and lecturer reflections on Blogging in their courses:

Vyclone in action


There’s huge potential for Vyclone to be used in collaborative projects.

Originally posted on Eje team:

 Back at the local haunt, COP members get together to demonstrate Vyclone, the GPS enabled video tool which edits on colour and movement between a group of  closely located participants.

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Blog stats

A quick comparison of the blog stats for my own blog and that of a team project I am involved in illustrates the difference linking a blog to Twitter makes. My own blog is linked to my Twitter account so that every new post is automatically announced to my Twitter followers. The second team blog is not linked to a Twitter account, and although my own blog has been active since 2006 whereas the team blog is only 1.5 years old, there is an order of magnitude difference in blog post views for my blog that is linked to Twitter. This illustrates the impact of using social media to drive community. I’ll test this by associating a Twitter account with the team blog and checking the stats comparison again in a few months.

Stats for my blog linked to Twitter:


Stats for team blog not linked to Twitter:


iOS Musicians – My first custom Flipboard Magazine


iOS Musicians

9 articles INSIDE


By thomcochrane

thomcochrane created a magazine on Flipboard. “iOS Musicians” is available with thousands of other magazines and all the news you care about. Download Flipboard for free and search for “thomcochrane.”


Audiobus for iOS

Audiobus by A Tasty Pixel enables background audio on iOS Apps and interApp audio sharing – awesome for iOS musicians!