Blogs as electronic learning journals

Armstrong, L, Berry, M and Lamshed, R 2004, 'Blogs as electronic learning journals', E-Journal of Instructional Science and Technology, vol. 7, no. 1, pp. online-online.

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: Journal Articles

Title Blogs as electronic learning journals
Author(s) Armstrong, L
Berry, M
Lamshed, R
Year 2004
Journal name E-Journal of Instructional Science and Technology
Volume number 7
Issue number 1
Start page online
End page online
Publisher University of Southern Queensland, Distance Education Centre
Abstract Blogs (web logs) are one of the fastest growing features of the World Wide Web.. At its simplest a blog is a personal web based space for writing managed by the author who compiles lists of links to personally interesting material interspersed with information and editorial.Recent research conducted at the RMIT in the Faculty of Art, Design and Communication has explored the range of potential applications of blogging technology in education and training for student communication, learning content delivery, student mentoring, professional development, collaboration and knowledge management. The focus of this article is on the use of blogs by students as learning journals. Blogs are able to integrate the personal aspect of a traditional learning journal or diary that documents a student?s journal through their leaning with the immediate publishing capability of the web. A blog site was developed specifically for the research and groups of students from three learning contexts developed online learning journals as part of their studies. Qualitative interviews were conducted with participants using informal open ended questions. Participants reported enthusiastically about the use of blogs for storage and safekeeping of learning, maintenance of study routines, encouragement to structured thinking and revision and the possibilities for transformation to meaningful knowledge from learned information. The use of blogs as e-learning spaces is supported by this research which offer the possibility of a new tool to add to the more familiar forms of online communication and extends the body of evidence that support the use of learning journals as part of the education process.
Subject Communication Technology and Digital Media Studies
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