Using Blogs to Support Learning

Necia Wolff
Business/Distance Learning Librarian
Louis J. Blume Library, St. Mary's University

Workshop Date: October 25, 2007

What is a blog?

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:

picture of post on InBlume blog

What type of content can be included in a blog?

image of comment screen on a blog

Using blogs in your course

There are lots of ways to use blogs in your courses. Some ideas include

Benefits of using blogs in instruction

Concerns to think about

There are issues to consider when using blogs as an instructional tool. Some of these issues are:permission box in Blogger


Setting up a blog

It's very easy to set up a blog. The easiest way is the set up an account with an online blog hosting site. These services are either available for free or offer hosting for a small monthly fee.

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.

Setting up a Blogger account

Blogger icon

Blogger is a web-based blog hosting program. You can set up a free account and start blogging at any time!

  1. Go to
  2. Register for a free account
  3. Name your blog
  4. Choose a template (control the "look" of the blog)

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

Resources: Using blogs in learning environments

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):

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