Topic 1 - Connected Learning  - 
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I laughed at the comic, Helen...certainly reading online news sites often feels like the people on the other end of the comments threads are "i can typing!" indeed.

I'd make a distinction, though, between blogs and news sites/public spaces like Youtube - there's some blur between the two as some blogs become hugely scaled and essentially magazines, but for the most part, comments on regular-human-run blogs tend to be very different from those on news sites/public spaces and always have been. 

The difference boils down to anonymity vs. networks. Blogs have tended to get most of their comments from within networked communities, and from the early days, blog formats encouraged commenters to leave visible links that tied their comments back to their own site or online spaces. Youtube and news sites don't do this, and encourage anonymity. People speak very differently when they're anonymous than they do when they are speaking in a visibly networked environment, even if it's not their network. 

I think there's still a lot to be said for anonymity (or my preference, pseudonymity...which allows a "not-real-life" identity but one still tied to, say, the commenter's blog or FB or Twitter profile) on the Internet but NOT in comments sections. :)
(I should've said, I think of TechCrunch, where the post linked, as one of those blogs that's essentially a public doesn't connect users in a network and has scaled to the point where personal connections aren't on the horizon, thus ppl act like an anonymous pack, not like networked individuals)
+Helen Blunden I'm curious about what you and Luis Suarez if you discussed the trend of bloggkng in education; and if so which way you believed the trend is going?
No not at all - it wasn't about educational blogging. It was general blogs like the link above that relate to corporate blogs. I tried to snippet the very short Twitter exchange and didn't know how to attach it to the G+ thread here. Anyway, I made the comment that there were different types of blogs (meaning that I didn't see this reduction meaning for educational reflective blogs).  It looks like there seems to be a reduction for blogs related to marketing; corporate; news media - I haven't seen any research or data saying the same for education blogs.  
Thanks and was interested to see if the discussion pondered on the implications of educational blogging as it is a question we're occasionally asked. 

Any way the answer for educational blogging is it's increasing as educators are introduced to it and coming to appreciate the benefits of blogging with students.  Even more so with the one to one programs. 

You can read more about usage here -
Thanks Sue, the discussion was not detailed and not focussed on educational blogging. The survey results are really interesting - thanks for sharing these.  I wonder what the state of organisational blogging is for corporates? (Methinks it would be low).  Some encourage it through social media like Yammer (but then it defies the point where you're just blogging to an internal audience).
I'm guessing you mean using them for training in an organsiation as that is the area you are working in? 

If so, the main areas we're seeing the increase is in using as ePortfolios -- with variations on how they are using as ePortfolios. Please let me know if you want to know more about how they use them.  Most are behind private accounts so I have to explain and can't give links.  

Probably less related to your type of work but we're also seeing organizations using them as a way to connect with schools and educators.  For example, we have a festival using it to connect with schools Future Gardens, Victorian Electoral commission using them for educating people on Democracy
Thanks Sue - yes, that's what I mean.Large or medium sized private corporate organisations. In my experience, I haven't heard of ePortfolios mentioned in any corporate learning conferences I have attended. My own organisation head L&D office didnt know what they were (but then realised what they were because she had come across them in her university studies).  She too hadn't heard of any private companies who openly allowed their staff to record any learning outside of LMS capturing formal and informal activities for audit purposes.  Certainly having your work on an external site for portability from job to job also raised questions.  As did if you r work was branded with the corporate logo, slogan, colour and as an employee you have to abide by Marketing, Branding and Legal guidelines around not advertising the brand on any non-endorsed websites.  For me, when I created my PLP on Pathbrite, I stripped out any reference to the company and its logos.  It's just what I have to do if it's out in the public space.  Different matter entirely if it's internal - but then, I want to show future employers my work.  

I have just completed Jane Hart's Professional Learning Portfolio Workshop through the Social Learning Centre and this sparked an interest and questions into their applicability for workplace learning.
+Helen Blunden  Vocational Educational and training sectors have been using in workplace learning.  You'll probably see more of a trend in corporate organizations with time.  For example, the trend with Universities is they have their LMS and their blog platform (which is either self hosted or hosted through providers like us). 

Often for workplace learning or reflective learning they are using private sites that are restricted to logged in users or registered to specific people.  They use WordPress powered services like ours because it allows data portability i.e. you're able to export your content to any standard blogging platform so if they choose to allow their users to export they are able to keep and it isn't lost. 

We have quite a few of our Campus sites working closely with Helen Barret
Sue, this is brilliant. Thanks so much for passing on the work by Helen Barrett.  Yes, I first heard the term of e-portfolios at a ConVerge conference some years back but thought it was something only within the VET and HE sectors.  Only when I did Jane Hart's workshop did I start to think about its application in corporates.

The site you gave is abundant with resources but also I like her slideshare presentations.  Yes, over time we will see them in the corporate sector as LMSes have the functionality (well, some of them do - but it's whether or not the organisation decides to switch it on).  For us, we do have Sharepoint (and Yammer) where we can use the tool to blog but it's not linked to the LMS so really, our learning isn't formally tracked either nor is it portable.   
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