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 http://weblogs.about.com/od/startingablog/p/WhatIsABlog.htm)
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:
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:
You can also contribute to the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #5DoDL