Learning-centred blogs

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There is now increasing interest among educators in schools and universities in engaging learners through the use of web logs (blogs). Learners can easily articulate questions and also publish their learning experiences and reflections. Moreover, blogs have great potential to facilitate collaboration and peer interactions, so that they become a breeding ground for the development of an effective learning community. However, learners tend to use blogs mostly for entertainment purposes. This paper will discuss how some educators design structured learning tasks and ways to motivate learners to participate in course-based blogs.

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Learning-centred blogs

  1. 1. Learning-centred blogs Dr Paula Hodgson Contact: [email_address] Faculty of Education University of Hong Kong This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 Unported License .
  2. 2. Web log <ul><li>“ A [we]blog is a frequently updated website, organized in a diary form with individual [reverse] chronologically ordered entries or posts.” </li></ul><ul><li>Tosh and Werdmuller 2004 </li></ul>
  3. 3. Blog for social networking
  4. 4. Potential uses of blogs <ul><li>Social networking </li></ul><ul><li>Entertainment </li></ul><ul><li>Learning-focused logs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Course-based blogs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Community-based blogs </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Learning activities Lectures / tutorials Placement
  6. 6. Online activities in LMS and blogs Source: Dora Wong (PolyU, English)
  7. 7. Coursed-based Learning Tasks in Blogs <ul><li>Based on the intended outcomes of the course, students can be organized to </li></ul><ul><li>Read/report/comment real cases through RSS feeds </li></ul><ul><li>Do writing exercise </li></ul><ul><li>Reflect on critical incidents in the workplace </li></ul><ul><li>Discuss some hot topics </li></ul><ul><li>… </li></ul>
  8. 8. Reading real cases through RSS feeds Source: Dora Wong (PolyU, English)
  9. 9. Reporting/commenting on real cases Source: Dr Pamela Kwok (HKCC, Marketing)
  10. 10. Writing exercise Source: Dora Wong (PolyU, English)
  11. 11. Reflecting on critical incidents in the workplace Source: Kitty Chan (PolyU, Sch of Nursing)
  12. 12. Topical discussion Source: Dr Pamela Kwok (HKCC, Marketing)
  13. 13. Coursed-based Learning Tasks in Blogs <ul><li>Read/report/comment real cases through RSS feeds </li></ul><ul><li>Do writing exercise </li></ul><ul><li>Reflect on critical incidents in the workplace </li></ul><ul><li>Discuss some hot topics </li></ul>Community-based Blogs
  14. 14. Reflection through blogging community Source: Paul Penfold, Creamy Kong (PolyU, SHTM)
  15. 15. Individual blog in the community-based blog Source: Paul Penfold, Creamy Kong (PolyU, SHTM)
  16. 16. Peer feedback through blogs
  17. 17. Variety of community-based blogs <ul><li>Type 1: One-stop / All-in-one blog </li></ul><ul><li>( open year-round for a programme ) </li></ul><ul><li>Type 2: Course-based + group blogs [open/private] </li></ul><ul><li>( course-bound ) </li></ul><ul><li>Type 3: Course-based + individual private blogs [open/private] </li></ul><ul><li>( course-bound; year-round for individuals ) </li></ul><ul><li>Type 4: Teacher blog + blog exemplars </li></ul>
  18. 18. Implementing blogs for L&T <ul><li>Blog orientation on technical aspect </li></ul><ul><ul><li>In-class demonstration </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Online demonstration </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Learning tasks to acquire the intended learning outcomes – when, what, how </li></ul><ul><li>Assessment tasks </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Assessment criteria </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Self-/peer- assessment </li></ul></ul>
  19. 19. Learning opportunities in blogs <ul><li>Archived postings / comments </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Self-learning: current cohort read archived activities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Learning tasks: current cohort reviewed some archived activities </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Current RSS feeds </li></ul><ul><li>‘ Up-to-the-minute posts’ </li></ul>
  20. 20. Conclusion <ul><li>Educators need to: </li></ul><ul><li>plan thoughtfully how to maximize the features and potential that blogs can offer; </li></ul><ul><li>set clear guideline and instructions on how learners can contribute constructively and how their work is to be assessed; </li></ul><ul><li>create a supportive learning culture that facilitates learning between peers and with educators in the learning community; and </li></ul><ul><li>reflect on the learning experience of the course and across courses. </li></ul>
  21. 21. <ul><li>THANK YOU </li></ul>Dr Paula Hodgson Contact: etpaula@huk.hk Faculty of Education University of Hong Kong

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