AET 562 Week 3 Individual Assignment Identifying Blogs
Create a blog at Tumblr or Blogger or Weebly or another approved location and populate it with the following information:
Imagine that you have been tasked with compiling a list of five blogs that professional development trainers or educators at any level would find useful and relevant. Identify your audience. Will it be K-12 educators? Corporate Trainers?
Search the Internet for five blogs that would be relevant to the audience you identified. One way to search for blogs is to type in keywords relevant to the audience you will focus on. For example, you may type in professional development for teachers or IT training for managers. You may be as broad or as specific as you would like.
In Part 1, you will:
Describe what a blog is and how it is used, as well as describe/list advantages, disadvantages, and how blogs may be applied as training tools for knowledge creation and enhancement.
Discuss the audience of educators you defined and the importance of blogs and blog content to this group.
In Part II, you will:
Use the five blogs you identified and write a paragraph on the following for each blog:
Brief description of each blog, including frequency of posts and timeliness
Summary of the type of content provided, including one to two examples of topics and how these are relevant to your audience
Level of engagement from audience members: Does the blog invite comments? What types of content are blog followers contributing? Are they asking questions? Are they adding to or advancing the dialogue?
Assessment of credibility and reliability of the blog: What are some indicators that this blog is reputable?
Reputation: How does a blog's content affect the blogger's online reputation? How do a reader's comments to a blog affect his or her online reputation?
In Part III, you will:
Offer best practices for those who are new to blogs; for example, how they might get started familiarizing themselves with blogs, selecting blogs to follow, and so forth.
Remember, you are in a digitial environment, so make good use of multimedia in your blog, adding images, links, and/or videos.
Format your citations and references consistent with APA guidelines.
Click the Assignment Files tab to submit your assignment as a link in a Word document. Include a References list in the Word document.
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