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Presentation: What is being reflected in online reflection? New literacies for New media practices

Jen Ross, Uni of Edinburgh Incidentally the 2nd presentation I've seen today written in Prezi....

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Gill Clough
3 May 2010

Jen Ross, Uni of Edinburgh

Incidentally the 2nd presentation I've seen today written in Prezi. Nice

In online reflection, we need to think in terms of new literacies. Mixing of genres in new literacies that don't recognise traditional distinctions, particularly those between academic and non-academic (blogging for example).

Student's writing online greatly affected by wider cultural narratives around blogging.

Posits 6 narratives around blogging:

  1. authenticity
  2. risk
  3. pretense
  4. commodification
  5. othering
  6. narcissism

1. Authenticity: Blogs should be authentic (I'm not harassing people office, I'm just blogging out loud). My blog is me. Blog as thinking. Set against some students feeling under pressure to blog as part of course when blogging beting assessed.

2. Risk: What we blog may be more widely accessible than we think. Sharing too much information is dangerous. Culture of e-safety. Publishing enough info for someone to steal your identity through, say, student public portfolio.

3. Pretense: No-one is really themselves onlie. However many students commit themselves to proving they are themselves online, using teachers as a resource to help prove or authenticate their online reflections. They want the teachers to read their blogs and link that to assessment and marks.

4. Commodification: Personal Branding. Some students worry about getting this right to the extent that they blog in Word first, and then post

NB: This cloud is being live-blogged :) Sometimes there just isn't enough time to hone things to perfection.

5. Othering: What kind of person would do this? Referring to beliefs held by people who do not blog. Displays many quotes typifying this - "don't read blogs, not really interested" "why would people want to be read by 10,000 people?" "narcissistic" "voyeristic" "don't see this fascination some people have with knowing everything about certain other people's moves"

6. Narcissism: Bloggers are shallow and self-obsessed. Suggesting that anxiety prompts blogging. Dog A to Dog B "I had my own blog for a while, but then I  decided to go back to pointless, incessant barking".


Students need new literacies to deal with this. She suggests that reflecting online produces fragmented ideas. This offers opportunities to look at reflective practices in a different way; to think about voice in a way that differs from the typical way of thinking about multiplicity of voices. This is not the traditional way of looking at reflection. Teachers in education using online reflective practices without thinking of the ways they are different to online practices.


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