Saturday, December 17, 2005

A Saturday Evening Post: Blogging as Organizational Communication

Reading this link to an insightful post is a fine way to pass a few precious minutes on a wintery Saturday night. Nicely done, Leigh!

I had the opportunity a little over a month ago in engaging in a lively syndicated (not synthetic) dialogue with a Northeastern University professor and class members of an Advanced Organizational Communications class through their blog and mine.

We had some very lively discussion on the topic of 'synthetic transparency.' One student in particular, Leigh Taginski, had much to say in the course of the discussion. She challenged my assertions with thought out responses. It was a great exchange, with even the instructor, Dr. Carl, producing a follow up post to address the issues raised in our exchange.

I have, since that initial discussion, frequented the class blog and found many things well worth your perusal.

Reading it tonight, I am pleased to inform you that Leigh was one of three students whose final essays will make their way onto the blog--Leigh's post being the first. She responded to the question: "Why would you study blogging in an organizational communication class? What concepts from organizational communication give you any special insight into blogging?"

Take a look at her response (licensed under a Creative Commons License).

Congratulations to Leigh, and to all those who participated in the course. I expect them to make an impact in the blogosphere and on the social media scene.


At December 18, 2005 8:56 PM, Anonymous Ryan said...

It's nice to see a class use a blog in an effective manner. I had a Constitutional Law class last year that attempted to use a blog and it turned into an utter failure. The professor had worked on the Howard Dean campaign and decided that a blog was a good use of class time. The problem was that he was very disorganized and 90% of the class either didn't care or didn't know how to use it. It had potential, but the execution was totally flawed. I was pretty disappointed with that class because of it.

It's a nice contrast to see how using a blog in a classroom setting can, and should, work.

At December 19, 2005 7:59 PM, Blogger Leigh said...

Thanks for sharing my post Kip! This has definitely been a great experience for me. Ryan, our class had a rough time at the beginning of our semester too as many of us had never used blogs before and a lot of the premises (the ideal lengths of posts, how to add links, what to write, how to trackback, etc. ) took a little bit for everyone to get the hang of. I had a great time though. Kip, I appreciate your insight and comments throughout the semester as well. I might be starting my own blog soon, I'll keep you all posted! Until then Happy Blogging!


At December 19, 2005 11:51 PM, Blogger Kip Meacham said...

What an interesting contract (and similarities) in the experiences had by the two of you. A key in your differing experience was in the quality of the content placed on the blog. Quality content takes commitment from people--in this instance, a committed mentor (Dr. Carl), made a big difference. Post quality from members of Leigh's class also made a big impact on the blog’s success. By commenting on your respective experiences, we can learn from the differences. Thanks for making the effort, Leigh and Ryan.


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