STUDENTS’ EXPERIENCE IN USING BLOG AS A LEARNING-AID Khirulnizam Abd Rahman Faculty of Information Science & Technology Se...
0. Content <ul><li>Introduction  </li></ul><ul><li>Blogging for Education </li></ul><ul><li>Developing blog using freely a...
1. Introduction <ul><li>What is blog? </li></ul><ul><li>small-scale website, </li></ul><ul><li>usually composed of some br...
2. Blog in Education <ul><li>Roles of blog in education </li></ul><ul><li>disseminate notes, </li></ul><ul><li>a medium of...
3. Developing blog using freely available tools <ul><li>Blogging facilities - Blogger.com </li></ul><ul><li>Entry Editor –...
4. The Experiment  <ul><li>Blog is created ( kerul.blogspot.com ),  </li></ul><ul><li>subject materials are uploaded and a...
5. Objective of Experiment  <ul><li>The research is to find out the students’ experience in using the blog.  </li></ul><ul...
6. The Survey <ul><li>Blog access frequency by students. </li></ul><ul><li>Main purpose accessing the blog. </li></ul><ul>...
7. Findings <ul><li>Student access frequency </li></ul><ul><li>57% respondents access the Internet everyday  </li></ul><ul...
7. Finding Purpose of accessing blog Item Purposes to access blog Frequency 4a To download learning materials. 68 4b To ge...
7. Finding Blog is a flexible learning tool   Statement Disagree (%) Neutral (%) Agree (%) 5a Time flexibility to read/dow...
7. Finding Blog as a medium of communication   Statement Disagree (%) Neutral (%) Agree (%) 7a Blog enables communication ...
7. Finding Notifying students. Statement Disagree (%) Neutral (%) Agree (%) 8a Update new content or announcements through...
7. Finding Blog’s navigation   Statement Disagree (%) Neutral (%) Agree (%) 9a Easy to search a specific article. 39 28 33...
7. Finding Overall   Statement Disagree (%) Neutral (%) Agree (%) 10a Blog is easy to use. 4 16 80 10b The blog is stable....
8. Conclusion <ul><li>From the survey it is known that the blog is a good tool in learning.  </li></ul><ul><li>It does enh...
<ul><li>Thank you… </li></ul><ul><li>Discussion </li></ul>TQ <ul><li>Catalyst of knowledge tradition…  </li></ul>
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This paper is to report a study on the students’ experience in using blog (weblog) as a learning tool. For the purpose of this study, a blog was prepared for the subject of Web Programming. This blog is a place where the lecturer posts the syllabus, lecture notes, presentations slides, computer lab manual, assignments, discussions, code samples and also announcements. The students are required to visit the blog to download the learning materials and to participate in the discussions. It is a quantitative survey to find out whether the students having a good or bad experience in using the blog. The authors also would like to know the students’ experience in using the blog; in terms of flexibility, content presentation or arrangement, communication, experience through blog, update medium, navigation and overall experience.

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  1. 1. STUDENTS’ EXPERIENCE IN USING BLOG AS A LEARNING-AID Khirulnizam Abd Rahman Faculty of Information Science & Technology Selangor International Islamic University College Syahrul Nizam Junaini Faculty of Computer Science & Information Technology Universiti Malaysia Sarawak Catalyst of knowledge tradition…
  2. 2. 0. Content <ul><li>Introduction </li></ul><ul><li>Blogging for Education </li></ul><ul><li>Developing blog using freely available tools </li></ul><ul><li>The Experiment </li></ul><ul><li>Objective of the experiment </li></ul><ul><li>The Survey </li></ul><ul><li>The Findings </li></ul><ul><li>Conclusion </li></ul><ul><li>Q&A </li></ul>www.kuis.edu.my
  3. 3. 1. Introduction <ul><li>What is blog? </li></ul><ul><li>small-scale website, </li></ul><ul><li>usually composed of some brief and frequently-updated postings, </li></ul><ul><li>in reverse chronological order. </li></ul><ul><li>(Ma and Wang, 2008) </li></ul><ul><li>has the ability to gather feedback. </li></ul>
  4. 4. 2. Blog in Education <ul><li>Roles of blog in education </li></ul><ul><li>disseminate notes, </li></ul><ul><li>a medium of communication, </li></ul><ul><li>announcement and discussion. </li></ul><ul><li>(Demirel et al, 2008) </li></ul><ul><li>assignments </li></ul><ul><li>feedback </li></ul>
  5. 5. 3. Developing blog using freely available tools <ul><li>Blogging facilities - Blogger.com </li></ul><ul><li>Entry Editor – Live Writer </li></ul><ul><li>File hosting – Skydrive </li></ul><ul><li>Some of useful widgets. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Announcements – CBox </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Subscribe by email - FeedBurner </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Information gathering - GoogleDocs </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. 4. The Experiment <ul><li>Blog is created ( kerul.blogspot.com ), </li></ul><ul><li>subject materials are uploaded and available in the blog. </li></ul><ul><li>Students use it for one semester. </li></ul><ul><li>A questionnaire is distributed to 75 students. </li></ul><ul><li>Responds are collected – 100% </li></ul>
  7. 7. 5. Objective of Experiment <ul><li>The research is to find out the students’ experience in using the blog. </li></ul><ul><li>Is the blog useful to the learning process, </li></ul><ul><li>user friendly enough, </li></ul><ul><li>and improving their learning experience? </li></ul>
  8. 8. 6. The Survey <ul><li>Blog access frequency by students. </li></ul><ul><li>Main purpose accessing the blog. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Download learning materials. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Latest announcement. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Answer assignments. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Discussion. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Flexibility. </li></ul><ul><li>Content. </li></ul><ul><li>Communication. </li></ul><ul><li>How to notify students on update. </li></ul><ul><li>Navigation, arrangement. </li></ul><ul><li>Overall experience. </li></ul>
  9. 9. 7. Findings <ul><li>Student access frequency </li></ul><ul><li>57% respondents access the Internet everyday </li></ul><ul><li>99% access 2 hours per session </li></ul><ul><li>84% access the blog more than 3-4 </li></ul><ul><li>access the blog quite often </li></ul>
  10. 10. 7. Finding Purpose of accessing blog Item Purposes to access blog Frequency 4a To download learning materials. 68 4b To get the latest announcement. 39 4c To answer assignments. 30 4d To participate in the discussion. 10
  11. 11. 7. Finding Blog is a flexible learning tool   Statement Disagree (%) Neutral (%) Agree (%) 5a Time flexibility to read/download learning materials. 2 17 81 5b Personalized learning support. 0 16 84
  12. 12. 7. Finding Blog as a medium of communication   Statement Disagree (%) Neutral (%) Agree (%) 7a Blog enables communication with lecturer / friends. 8 20 72 7b Easy to discuss questions/problems with other students through this blog. 4 48 48
  13. 13. 7. Finding Notifying students. Statement Disagree (%) Neutral (%) Agree (%) 8a Update new content or announcements through email. 10 21 69 8b Update new content or announcements through SMS (to mobile device). 20 35 45
  14. 14. 7. Finding Blog’s navigation   Statement Disagree (%) Neutral (%) Agree (%) 9a Easy to search a specific article. 39 28 33 9b Easy to answer assignments posted in the blog. 36 33 31 9c Code samples are easy to locate. 4 20 76 9d Do you prefer a forum-style discussion? 8 31 61 9e Prefer to download notes by chapter. 2 7 91
  15. 15. 7. Finding Overall   Statement Disagree (%) Neutral (%) Agree (%) 10a Blog is easy to use. 4 16 80 10b The blog is stable. 5 16 76 10c This blog is successful. 1 10 89 10d Blog enhanced education experience. 3 7 90
  16. 16. 8. Conclusion <ul><li>From the survey it is known that the blog is a good tool in learning. </li></ul><ul><li>It does enhance the students’ education experience. </li></ul><ul><li>The students found that blog is actually provides time flexibility and a personalized learning tool. </li></ul><ul><li>Although the blog is stable and easy to use, the students found that the search facilities need to be improved. </li></ul><ul><li>Overall the blog is a successful project </li></ul>
  17. 17. <ul><li>Thank you… </li></ul><ul><li>Discussion </li></ul>TQ <ul><li>Catalyst of knowledge tradition… </li></ul>
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