Blogs have become common tools for communicating and collaborating online. While setting up a blog takes only a matter of minutes, effectively incorporating blogs into online teaching requires purposeful planning and structuring of activities to leverage the power that blogging brings to the learning environment. This session will share the experiences of incorporating instructor and student blogs into an online course as well as practical recommendations for those considering utilizing blogs in online learning. Sample instructor and student blogs as well as activities designed specifically for blogs will be reviewed.
These resources are supplementary to the workshop entitled, "Tips for Teaching with Blogs" offered by the Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center of NIU. Click here to view a listing of current programs.
"When it comes to learning, technology doesn't matter, but structure does." - Eric Wignall (via @slrichter)
A blog is a type of website, usually maintained by an individual with regular entries of commentary, descriptions of events, or other material such as graphics or video. Entries are commonly displayed in reverse-chronological order... Many blogs provide commentary or news on a particular subject; others function as more personal online diaries. A typical blog combines text, images, and links to other blogs, Web pages, and other media related to its topic. The ability for readers to leave comments in an interactive format is an important part of many blogs.
Key underlying component of every blog is an RSS feed, making it possible for readers to subscribe.
Blog content searchable more quickly than other "static" types of web content (Google Blog Search)
>380k blogs hosted by Edublogs alone
"Microblogs" (communication tools like Twitter) have many of the same attributes and benefits of blogs and contributions are restricted to 140 characters
Last Updated: 11/12/2009