BLOGS: PROS<br />Why blogs work in online and F2F courses<br />
Collaboration<br />Blogs allow students to work together on projects (shared authorship). They also allow students to share their work with one another online, which is particularly valuable for a course which does not meet F2F.<br />apps2.pallisersd.ab.ca<br />
Mixed Media<br />Blogs allow students to enhance assignments by including links and visuals in their blog posts. This adds a dimension to written work and addresses different learning styles. It also allows students to participate in multimedia projects in online courses.<br />http://e-portfolioeng102-laquilina.wikispaces.com/Politicizing+Religion-Essay3<br />
Audience <br />Blogs are public. Anyone can read them. This gives students an expanded audience, and an increased awareness of audience. <br />chemistryland.com<br />
Ownership<br />A blog is a personal space. <br />The student can access it forever.<br />In online courses, blogs provide a unique forum for “getting to know” your students.<br />http://writlegends.blogspot.com/search?updated-max=2010-09-03T21%3A50%3A00-07%3A00&max-results=7<br />
Creativity Citation<br />Students can provide links to sources on a blog, which is a valuable tool for both the instructor, and the for the student learning to navigate the vast amount of information on the web. <br />Blogs allow students flexibility and creativity in responding to assignment prompts.<br />http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E_1NUegMMTY&feature=player_embedded<br />
BLOGS: CONS<br />These are some of the challenges of using blogs in online or F2F courses<br />
Resistance!<br />Student might fear learning the new technology at first. They are comfortable with Blackboard. This is new and scary. <br />Although many of my students resist blogging at first, many of them cite it as one of the most valuable aspects of the class at the end.<br />themachoresponse.blogspot.com<br />
Privacy<br />Some students might be concerned about having their work available to the public. I never make evaluative comments on blogs, but I do require students to make them public for the course of the class.<br />300allpctips.blogspot.com<br />
Copyright<br />Like in this PowerPoint, when using <br />images, students need to be aware<br />of copyright concerns and citations.<br />
ONLINE v. F2F<br />F2F <br />Blogs seem to work better for focused projects.<br />Use them for collaboration? Group Work? Presentations?<br />ONLINE<br />Blogs replace some in-class elements.<br />Allow students to get to know each other.<br />
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