So it just so happens that right up the road from me at Rutgers University is a professor looking to do some research into the effects of blogs, wikis, et. al. Here’s the class description Dr. Erica Bohling is offering this summer:
What literacy skills do teachers and students need in order to succeed in todayï¿½s information-rich, digital society? What are some effective instructional tools and models for integrating technology into the middle school and high school curriculum? How can teachers in all content areas support studentsï¿½ information literacy and research skills? The purpose of this course is to explore the kinds of literacies that are needed to succeed in todayï¿½s Digital Age society and to investigate the ways in which such literacies can enhance teaching and learning. This 3-credit, graduate level course emphasizes strategies and skills that support an inquiry-based approach to learning where students are able to identify, locate, evaluate, and effectively use information across a range of media. Participants will be introduced to technologies such as Blogs, Wikis, and RSS feeds and will explore the role of new technologies in education.
Sounds like we could all have fun in that class. Well, me at least.
(Full disclosure: Dr. Bohling was involved in the feedback stages of my book.)