What is a blog?

“A blog (also called a weblog or web log) is a website consisting of entries (also called posts) appearing in reverse chronological order with the most recent entry appearing first (similar in format to a daily journal). Blogs typically include features such as comments and links to increase user interactivity.” (about tech

For more explanation please watch the YouTube video:


How can I use a blog for learning and teaching?

How you use a blog in your teaching depends on who owns the blog – that is who has permissions to post and comment. You may have a blog where:

  • The tutor can post and students can comment. You can use such a blog for students to comment on questions (e.g. feedback on seminar or module) or respond to a blog post by the tutor (e.g. reading, case study, news item, video)
  • One student can post and others can comment. The student has control over who can comment. This blog can be used as module or course blog, in which students reflect on their learning. It can also be used as a project log. This form of blog has been used as showcase to external audiences such as prospective employers (see Paula Nottingham’s blog)
  • All students can post and comment. This form of blog lends itself to a more social engagement of a class but as tutor you may need to moderate the posts and comments

Examples of blogs used by educators:

Paula Nottingham, a Lecturer in Performing Arts (dance) at Middlesex uses blogs with her students. Most of the student blogs are listed under About Me (List of student blogs).

Lindsay Jordan is a Senior Lecturer in Learning and Teaching at the University of the Arts London. See in particular her post, video and paper on Blogging with Students – how and why

Steve Wheeler is Associate Professor of Learning Technology in the Plymouth Institute of Education at Plymouth University.

Eric Stoller – Thoughts on higher education, information about my consulting business, and resources from my presentations


To get your credit, consider how you could use a blog in your learning and teaching. If you’re not a teaching member of staff, consider how you might use a blog to engage your staff or students. (This course is being delivered on blog software btw.) Post a short description of a blog-related learning activity in the comments/reply box at the bottom of this page, along with your name.


Extra: We have definitely used up your 5 mins today, but here’s a few useful links if you wish to look into this area a little more.  We hope you do!   

Which blog should I use and is it free?

There are many blogs available which you can use. Some are completely free and fully functional while others have free limited versions with licenses for more options. Most VLEs have blogs as one of their functionalities. Blogs used for education include:

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You can also contribute to the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #5DoDL

211 thoughts on “Blogs

  1. Hannah March 7, 2017 / 10:59 am

    As others have said we have a feedback blog the students can use for the library, but also a blog for staff development which is great for cross-site learning. They are good for informal learning and students can engage with each other – especially useful for distance learners.
    I follow arts/design blogs for ideas, inspiration, etc. but they are more time consuming than social media so you have to be dedicated!


  2. Judith March 22, 2017 / 2:31 pm

    As other colleagues mention we have a library feedback blog. We are looking to recruit “Library STARS” from our student body (like LAIB interns scheme) and we could to use a blog for them to keep a diary of what they thought to encourage other students to join the scheme in the future.


  3. markellisangliaruskin March 29, 2017 / 1:42 pm

    The library already has a feedback blog, but it could be useful to have a blog that’s updated daily/weekly to keep students updated on changes and plans for the library. Or possibly to have blogs daily dedicated to latest news in different subject areas (nursing/law/business etc) to provide students with an interesting read.


  4. Liz Harrison May 19, 2017 / 3:56 pm

    I follow blogs for inspiration and connecting with subjects I am interested in. A library blog could be a great area for sharing ideas and inspiring other readers.


  5. Nermin Minter June 6, 2017 / 12:49 pm

    I follow our library blog ‘S@L@D’. We share our learning and development experiences after attending coursers/conferences and visiting other libraries, etc.


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