Project Communications via Team Blogging
Came across an interesting article on enterprise blogging for projects by Rod Boothby of Innovation Creators. It’s a very concrete, practical way of introducing blogging to the institution. It reminds me of virtual teaming projects that allow participants to practice several skills: collaboration, communication using asynchronous tools, writing for the Net, and information literacy. It’s also highly practical for those who are not co-located and not from the same domain knowledge, yet need to work on a single project. This works for those who are in corporate as well as in academe. See my earlier post on using the blog for a primary school musical.
A concrete project with a short timeframe allows users who have little or no experience in blogging or social networking tools to experience the benefits of using weblogs for communication among team members. What’s nice is that Boothby notes free tools such as WordPress or Movable Type , and the ubiquitous e-mail groups can work just as well as intranet-based enterprise software.
I like Boothby’s idea of creating a central directory of topics by using targetted e-mail addresses. You can also use this for asynchronous brainstorming: you can e-mail an idea to a specific address that posts it to the relevant blog! That would be create a rich repository that can be later on categorized and mined. The site editor can add links of specific resources to help the blog visitors further explore the project topic, making it an organically growing, informal learning site. I love it.