Blog Analysis

October 31, 2007

Scanning blog posts on the OpneLearn conference, I find this quote from Tony Hirst:
“[I think it’s interesting to compare my notes with those of a couple of others who blogged the same talk… John Seely Brown – Patrick reporting, OpenLearn Keynote Address by John Seely Brown, Open Learning Broadly Construed and John Seely Brown Keynote Speech (hmm – i wonder what would happend if i passed each of these through the same content analysis tool.”

So, with the help of the wonderful – here is the visual comparison (I’ve confined it to three, or this makes a very long post)!
Tag cloud of Tony’s blog post:
Tag cloud of Patrick’s blog post:
Tag cloud of Gill’s post:

I’m nearing the second day of blogging the OpenLearn conference, posting my blog towards the end of each session I attend and I started to reflect a bit on the experience. I always blog conference – it’s how I make and keep my own notes. But I’ve never been an “official” conference blogger before, nor really part of a blogging team. Posting to a shared blog is an interesting and quite a pleasant experience. As I do so, I can see what my friends and fellow bloggers have written about their sessions. It sometimes makes me smile and is always interesting. It feels like a sort of network of eyes and ears linked through blog entries.  Intense but run.  It certainly enhances the experience for me.

Using images from FlickR

October 29, 2007

OpenLearn2007 conference bags packedThere are two ways to get an image into the blog from Flickr. For this post, I viewed the image on FlickR, right-clicked and used “Save as” to save the photo to my desktop. I then uploaded it to wordpress from within the Create New Post dialogue.

FlickR also has a “blog this” button. I have configured FlickR to “blog this” to this blog (see previous post). However to do this each blogger needs to create their own link to the OCHRE blog, providing their wordpress username.  Here’s how:

1. Log into the openlearn2007 FlickR account and then go here which is the add blog page. Select to add a wordpress blog and specify the API endpoint of Enter your own username and password and click next.

At the next screen you will see the blog name listed as Open Content Holistic Research Blog.

2. CHANGE THIS to something like “Anesa’s OCHRE” or “Alex’s OCHRE” so we don’t post to the blog as each other.

3. I recommend that you uncheck the box which says “store your password”. This will prevent anyone else from accidentally blogging from your username.

4. You also get the option to choose the template to use when posting your image (image on the right, the left, big, small etc), so select whichever you like the best.

5. Save your blog definition.

Now, when you click “blog this” when viewing an image, you will see your blog listed. Click that and enter your password when prompted to create your new post.

I recommend that you simply upload the image from FlickR to the blog with a few words, but then go back to edit from within the OCHRE blog so you can make sure that you put the tags Openlearn and Openlearn2007 on the entry so it gets picked up by the RSS feed aggregator.

OpenLearn Aggregated Blogs

October 17, 2007

Thanks Patrick. It should be fun. With a selection of blogs included in the blog aggregator it will be possible to keep track of presentations that you weren’t able to get to but wanted to. Always a frustration when there are parallel presentation strands. I guess people just need to email their blog details to the openlearn admin account to get it included in the aggregator and then make sure they use the tags “OpenLearn” or “OpenLearn2007”. All the blogs entries with these tags will be displayed in date order, as if they all belonged to a single blog.  

Thanks Patrick for the welcome … looking forward to blogging the presentations in my sessions.

At the Houston meeting for Hewlett’s OER Grantees we have been looking at the way forward, and in particular a report produced by John Seely Brown, Dan Atkins and Al Hammond. In the report they end up with a proposal that the way forward can be best achieved by working on an Open Participatory Learning Infrastructure OPLI Initiative. More about all that including the link to the paper can be found at the OERderves blog Before the conference they asked for comments and I posted about not being sure that the word “infrastructure” gave the best message. On arrival I found my blog comment offered as an example of misunderstanding and a fuller explanation of infrastructure as not just the pipes and wires was given. I was not too sure how to feel about being such an example but was reassured by John Seely Brown that the post was very useful to give them the chance to explain further. So I will be happy about it – though actually I am still not sure that infrastructure *is* quite the word that is needed I will practice dropping OPLI into future conversations and proposals!

I have just been looking at Steve Carson’s blog at the OpenFiction Project. In particular a post on Toward an Effective Understanding of Website Users a paper by Diane Harley. I felt both the paper and the blog entry made very good points and so I wanted to make a comment, but in the end failed. Looking back I was not the first to have failed as Stephen Downes had had some trouble commenting on an earlier post. I have therefore followed Stephen’s example and made the comment here on my blog. Not such a famous place so not sure it will ever get read!

Hi Steve,
Thank you very much for this post which pointed me towards a very interesting paper. On the openlearn site ( I have been reluctant to push a questionnaire because it won’t tell us about many in our audience. However just recently we used the access statistics to help us find some of those who had made significant use of the site. When people register we also ask if they are prepared to be approached for research purposes. So we used these in combination to select a deliberately biased sample who were asked to complete the questionnaire. These users will not be typical of the site but we certainly managed to get informative and useful replies from them. I guess this supports your statement “No, the survey results don’t represent all of the traffic to the site, but I’m not sure that information is worth having anyway.”