Blogs and Wikis for Online Engagement and Communication

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Chapter Abstracts (entire directory)

final chapter title is:

Weblogs for Online Education


  • This chapter introduces and argues for the use of blogs in online education. After briefly reviewing the history of blogs, the chapter discusses how blogs may fit in to a concept of e-learning. The chapter argues that blogs may be optimal tools in most e-learning contexts, because of their flexibility and ease of use. Some of the advantages include the fact that other Web 2.0 tools can be easily integrated into blogs; blogs can be purposed for both individual and collective endeavours; they can be used to manage courses; and they accommodate inter-personal, intra-personal, and extra-personal orientations.

  • The chapter then focuses on the question of how to get students to blog, using the authors’ experience with EAL (English as an Additional Language) students in Japan. It includes advice on ways of encouraging students to blog, using technologies that make blogs more accessible, and personalizing blogs in order to create digital identities, as well as addressing some of the challenges of assessing blogs and offering a realistic approach to plagiarism.

  • The chapter goes on to discuss the basic features of blogs and the question of blog hosting, identifying the features that are common to all blog platforms and discussing how those features can be used to facilitate student engagement. We also link the concepts of blogging and social networking, as well as provide guidance on negotiating the possible dangers involved in the use of publicly available online services. This chapter concludes with an account of tools that can be used in conjunction with blogs in order to widen the possibilities that blogs offer in optimizing online learning environments.


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blended learning, blogs, digital identities, language learning, personal expression, writing,

Tags in Use Space-Wide

  1. Africa
  2. British Columbia
  3. CoPs
  4. Commonwealth of Learning
  5. Drupal
  6. E4aDW
  7. East Africa
  8. ICT
  9. India
  10. Innovations in Education
  11. LMSs
  12. PCFs
  13. Pakistan
  14. Web 2.0
  15. Wordpress
  16. access
  17. across the curriculum
  18. archives
  19. assessment
  20. authoring
  21. blended learning
  22. blogging
  23. book project(-s)
  24. bookmarking
  25. case studies
  26. chapter maps
  27. chapters
  28. collaboration
  29. communication
  30. communities of practice
  31. community
  32. contents
  33. contributors
  34. copyright
  35. corporate training
  36. course design
  37. deadlines
  38. decisions
  39. design
  40. digital footprints
  41. disabilities
  42. discussion
  43. discussions
  44. e-portfolios
  45. edits
  46. education
  47. embedding
  48. emerging technologies
  49. engagement
  50. evaluation
  51. feedback
  52. future trends
  53. games
  54. guidelines
  55. identities
  56. identity
  57. implementation
  58. infrastructure
  59. institutions
  60. instructional design
  61. interaction
  62. learning environments
  63. learning management systems
  64. learning objects
  65. learning outcomes
  66. media
  67. meetings
  68. mobile learning
  69. modeling
  70. moodle
  71. motivation
  72. open source
  73. organizational administration
  74. overview
  75. participation
  76. people
  77. processes
  78. product
  79. professional development
  80. quality assurance
  81. read-write web
  82. reflection
  83. second edition
  84. secondary
  85. secondary education
  86. self-expression
  87. social media
  88. social networking
  89. spaces
  90. strategies
  91. students
  92. support
  93. tags
  94. technology management
  95. templates
  96. tertiary education
  97. tools
  98. training
  99. weblogs
  100. wikis

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Created: Jul 1, 2009 7:49 pm
Last revised by: ltdproject on: Feb 13, 2011 5:52 pm (UTC)
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