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11 Jan, 2006
A summary of the RAMBLE (Remote Authoring of Mobile Blogs for Learning Environments)project funded by the distributed e-learning strand.

Please describe the tool you are building

The tool being built is a new component (resource) that will allow Web log content to be integrated into the Bodington VLE from blog servers that make available their blogs through standards-compliant syndicated newsfeeds. Within the VLE, the tool will allow the blogs to be placed under selective access controls and presented in various ways, embedding the blogs in the VLE context.

What problem do you see the development of this tool helping to address?

Blogs are popular and useful tools for personal reflection, increasingly recognised for the potential they offer to reflect in one’s personal learning space. However, so far they have been largely external to and separate from institutional learning environments, hence there is discontinuity in the learning. This project aims broadly to draw these closer together.

Who do you see the being the primary user(s) of this tool?

The tool is aimed primarily at students, but can be used by anyone who has an account in the VLE and access to blog feeds.

How do you see your tool being used?

We envisage the tool being used to share and draw responses on blogs among peers and tutors, supported by resources that are available in the VLE. The tool can read in blogs from any blog server that provides suitable feeds, but we envisage it being particularly useful for private blogs hosted on local blog servers.

To use your tool, what infrastructure etc (if any) will be needed? (ie - could it be used stand-alone? Would it need a VLE/other system to be in place?)

The tool will require the installation of the Bodington VLE and access to a blog server that provides syndicated newsfeeds in Atom or RSS formats.

 

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