An excellent passionate presentation from a non techie, non power user liberal arts person (!) who actually uses blogs in her Irish literature classes.
Some notes: Everybody has something to offer.
Barbara engages and starts the community right away using a pre-course blog assignment. It's open, connected and public.
Uses Levi's knowledge trees.
Hypertext links of blogs creates connective tissue between inside and outside classroom, studies.
Blogging becomes a catalyst for emergence. Barbara sets it up and gets out of the way quickly.
The plan is for students to learn more from their fellow students than the professor