Using Blogs to Support Learning
Business/Distance Learning Librarian
Louis J. Blume Library, St. Mary's University
Workshop Date: October 25, 2007
The most basic definition of a blog, or weblog, is a web site with journal entries in reverse chronological order (most recent entries at the top of the page).
Common blog types include:
There are lots of ways to use blogs in your courses. Some ideas include
There are issues to consider when using blogs as an instructional tool. Some of these issues are:
You can also install blog hosting software to run your blog. These type of blogs are called server-side or self-hosted blogs. It take extra efforts to install these systems.
Blogger is a web-based blog hosting program. You can set up a free account and start blogging at any time!
Blogger supports multiple contributors so you could use it to set up class or single project blog.During the session, I brought the library's Bloglines account and demonstrated how to add feeds. The class worked on adding feeds to their Bloglines account
There have been a lot of article written about blogs and learning. Newly published articles include:
For more information on blogs and other web tools, you may want to look at the following books (in the library's book collection):
Workshop presentation for St. Mary's University faculty and staff.
phone: 210-431-2299 x1452
Related Workshop: Save Time, Know More: Subscribing to Online Information
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