BisonBlog is a creation of mine (Sybil Priebe), and the thought
of it was born around the spring of 2002 when I took a class called
Electronic Communication from Dr. Kevin Brooks. It went something
I wish there was a way for students to meet other students easier."
had been thinking of this simply because I knew that many NDSU students
lived off campus. I knew that a lot of students had weird schedules
that didn't permit them to meet others through clubs or meetings
or events. I knew that a lot of students worked part or full time.
How could more students meet each other? And, why would this help
them and NDSU? Well, it seems simple.. the more people you meet
in college = the more likely your experience of college life will
be an awesome one. This would aid NDSU in getting more students
attracted to come here, and it would make more of the graduates
say: "Yea, I had a great college experience" rather than
"It was okay, I didn't meet that many people."
conjunction with those thoughts, Kevin and I both "discovered"
weblogs that semester, and immediately, I was hooked. It turned
out that I had been weblogging all along in a paper format. I use
time stamps in my paper journals, and I use my paper journals for
more than ranting about life. I collect tidbits and quotes on my
weblog as well as use it to record my daily meanderings.
So, my research links my love
of weblogs with wanting to help out other students like me and my
siblings that live off campus and have weird schedules.
become part of the BisonBlog, my research study (through a simple
e-mailed survey), and possibly be interviewed about weblogging-
contact me at: Sybil.Priebe@ndsu.nodak.edu
Purposes behind the BisonBlog:
can explore NDSU's campus through an online path. Students of similar
tastes may start reading each others weblogs (because they will
be listed on the BisonBlog) and become study partners or friends
or both. People who normally wouldn't have met physically on campus
(due to schedules or living locations: on campus vs. off) can through
this collaborative campus weblog.
will reach new audiences with their weblogs. Not only will they
have the online communities of Blogger or Xanga or Diaryland reading
their entries, NDSU students will become part of their audience
Focus of my Thesis Research Study:
-I want to explore the capabilities
of weblogging in the educational setting. Is weblogging useful for
developing writing skills AS WELL AS building stronger online communities?
Particularly education-based communities?
-I want to see what it takes
to create a successfull online campus community. Will I succeed?
What will it mean to succeed?
here she blows. A project in the making. A weblog of unusual porportions.
Will it succeed? Will it get me somewhere with my thesis? Will it
create an online campus community? All great questions, I suppose.
I need to be patient. Afterall, I am just an amateur blogger, an
amateur graduate student with holes in her writing, and an novice
teacher. And, heck, I just started this template today. So many
things to add yet. Patience is not only a virtue, but it should
be a pill as well. Some pharmacy student should get on that.
the Rules of the BisonBlog:
1.Be nice. Consider this online
community like a physical community. If you want to meet others,
you have to be nice to them, right?
2.Blog about whatever you
wish. Since this is an online community for us NDSUers, we can
write about school and life. Usually, they intersect.
3.Participate as much as possible.
Again, like in a physical community, the more you talk to someone
or meet up with them, the more you learn about 'em.
4.If there is a conversation
going on that you really have no input on, acknowledge those that
are conversing and simply start a new conversation.. someone else
probably wants to talk about something else too. "Hey, Bob
and Joe, that's cool that you like underwater basket weaving,
but what do you think of snowboarding?"