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Here is a useful guide to using blogs in the classroom.

Evidence

Churchill, 2009. In this article, Professor Churchill reviews his study in which a post-graduate class was assigned to maintain a blog as part of the curriculum. Upon implementing the blog for the semester, Prof. Churchill surveys the class on several aspects of the blog use and also provides his observations from the instructor point of view. From the study's result, it is asserted that students feel both like they are a bigger part of their own learning experience and their instructor is actively ensuring they learn. It is also observed that constant monitoring, posting from the educator's part, and making it a form of assessment are all necessary for effective student participation. See the chart below for a detailed description of the results. Click here to access the article.

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Results from Churchill, 2009.


Dyrud, 2005. In this article, the author reflects on her implementation of blogs as a classroom tool. Her main observations being the increased level of interaction between students and also a perceived high level of organization and cooperation. Click here to access the short article.


Williams & Jacobs, 2004. This article provides a quick overview of the history of blogs along with their benefits in the classroom. The authors then profile the trial implementation of blogs by the Boston Graduate School of Business in both a Macroeconomics and an International Political Economy course. From this trial, student surveys were collected. Overall, students agreed the blog facilitated learning, served as a tool for the dissemination of knowledge, created a space for reflection and acted as medium for them to interact with one another. Students admitted that blog activity was motivated mainly by a desire to enrich their learning, but also emphasized that participation resulted because it was also a form of class assessment. Please click here to see the article.

Sources

Churchill, Daniel. "Educational Applications of Web 2.0: Using Blogs to Support Teaching and Learning." British Journal of Educational Technology 40.1 (2009): 179-83. Print.

Dyrud, M. A. "Blogging for Enhanced Teaching and Learning." Business Communication Quarterly 68.1 (2005): 77-80. Print.

Williams, Jeremy B., and Joanne Jacobs. "Exploring the Use of Blogs as Learning Spaces in the Higher Education Sector." Australasian Journal of Educational Technology 20.2 (2004): 232-47. Print.