By Anand Ramchand. Department of Information Systems, NUS.
The majority of our students are intimately familiar with blogs as a communication medium, having consumed their content on a regular basis. Creating content on a blog, on the other hand, is an exercise in reflection and can be used to stimulate deeper thought in students. Together with the social interaction and collaboration that occurs in blogging, the technology is an ideal platform to engage students in the individual and social processes of knowledge construction. However, administering an exercise that requires students to blog regularly throughout a semester poses several challenges. In this presentation, I share my experiences in using student blogs to encourage active and reflective learning, and some of the practices that worked (and those that didn't) to achieve this.