Blogging in Higher Education

What is a Blog? A blog or weblog is a regularly updated
web site or page that is written by an individual or small group in it informal conversational style. Blog
features include individual ownership hyperlink whole structure updates are
displayed in reverse chronological order and an archive of postings. Three main
types of blogs include filter where the author comment on content
other sites topics, personal journals where the author
writes about their life thoughts and feelings and knowledge
logs where the author makes observations recording relevant references about a
particular domain of knowledge why should you use blogs in higher
education blogs enable learners to express individualism and explore the
identity and courage responsibility in pride in
their work and can help improve motivation and participation for Ferdig and Trammell also note that blogs assist students are becoming subject matter experts for a regular process of scouring
filtering posting. Blogs also increased students interest and
ownership in learning allowing learns to participate in a
community of practice providing opportunities for diverse perspectives Blogs have also been used in higher
education in a variety of ways for example as a learning journal or
knowledge locked gather relevant information and ideas pertaining to
specific topics to record personal or everyday life to
express emotions or feelings to interact and communicate with other
people as an assessment tool and as a test management tool farmer and
others provide recommendation for a good block in practice in higher education be clear in supportive about the
formative assessment aspect of blogs invite students to set their own goals
for blog usage above and beyond the quantity
measurement encouraging model risk-taking ensure there is adequate technical
support available build early feedback interactivity into the experience provide adequate instruction to ensure
that everyone can access the tool at least once in a full scaffolding environment. Let’s look at the blog tool on
blackboard it includes two items blog entries and comments entries can
include text, attachment, and multimedia comments are responses to the entry made
by other students or the instructor. Your three options with setting up a blog
blackboard course blogs allow anyone in the class to contribute, while individual
blogs allow for entries by one student only, group blogs can be set up group spaces to get started put in the control panel
open course tools and select blogs this opens the blog
page showing all previously created blogs. Click create blog start a new one
on the create blog page enter a name for the assignment
instructions in the space provided scroll down to choose availability, date
restrictions and participation type individual of course. Scroll down to select indexing options in grading then click submit. This is a blog noticed the student entry with the
instructions on the right clicking the comment button opens a
box for you or other students to enter comments. When grading a blog you’ll see the
instructions followed by the student entry you enter grade and feedback in the pain
on the right. Now you can get started with blogs. This the Blackboard Help pages for more information or contact the instructional development
department University College for assistance created using PowToon

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