Using Blogs As A Learning Tool

According to Lever-Duffy and McDonald (2015) as well as Horton (2012), the incorporation of technology into the classroom has the ability to enhance the learning experience of students. The learner demographic in public schools throughout America, are products of a society that is very technological advanced. Mobile devices and social media outlets have changed the way in which we communicate. Therefore, a legitimate argument can be made regarding the use of blogs in an educational setting. For example, as noted by Hicks (2013) blogging adds to the learning environment by: (a) creating various opportunities for learners to interact with course materials, (b) interact with their peers, and (c) communicate a direct understanding of assignment tasks to instructors. In addition, blogs can also be used to improve writing skills as well as facilitate higher order thinking skills (Lever-Duffy et al., 2015).

However, no matter how beneficial and useful a learning tool may be, there are always limitations regarding its use in an educational setting. According to information cited in the literature by Hossain and Quinn (2012), blogging might be an effective learning tool to use for every subject. As cited in their study regarding a blogging activity in a Euclidean geometry course:

Difficult for New Bloggers. Some participants who did not have previous experience in blogging had difficulty starting up with the blog and writing comments. One participant noted:

“Substantive comments were hard for me to do. I was never sure how to do them and  I didn’t know what to write.” Another participant noted: “The discussion was hard to follow, would have been easier if the threads were separated.” (Hossain & Quinn, 2012. p. 6).

While the majority of students in the study reported no disadvantages, some found it to be difficult in using mathematics notations as well as it forced some to participate while others did not. Also, some students did not like using blogging as a learning tool; as they seemly did not like commenting on their peers work.

References:

Hicks, K. (2013). The benefits of blogging as a learning tool, part 1. Retrieved on March 9, 2016 from http://gettingsmart.com/2013/12/benefits-blogging-learning-tool-part-1/

Horton, W. (2012). E-Learning by design (2nd ed.). San Francisco, CA: Wiley.

Hossain, M. & Quinn, R.J. (2012). Advantages and disadvantages of using a blogging activity in a college euclidean geometry course. International Journal of Computer Technology and Electronics Engineering, 2(6), 1-8.

Lever-Duffy, J. & McDonald, J. B. (2015). Teaching and learning with technology (5th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education.

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