Blogging in education (Teaching)

Posted on: February 1, 2011

Blogging makes teaching more interactive such that it will not depend on a certain time or a place, which makes the educational process much more effective. Blogging also give students a chance to be reflective. In a classical class setting, where there might be hundreds students, teachers are not available to hear students’ feedback or questions, blogs can make this process more effective and student-centered rather than being teacher-centered. Moreover, this process will enhance the participation of some group of students who are smart but shy, not confident, or not comfortable speaking on public. Students could learn from each other; however, great attention should be give to false or biased information.  Another thing I thought of while I was complaining to my friend about the need to write weekly in my blog, in fact, this will end up to be very useful at the end. Think of a class where you have to take daily material and then only study at the end of the year for the final exam. You could get high grades but how much information will be retained in your brain? Almost none! Blogging in teaching allows you to continue learning all over the semester/year in which the course is offered. Blogging helps track students’ development and change over time. It teaches you how to be collaborative with your colleagues especially in individualistic societies, and can attract external parties outside the classroom from which teachers’ as well as students can gain different experiences and thinking methods. From the economical point of view, blogging can reduce the cost of teaching; it cuts off your transportation cost or even the cost of building new classrooms. Finally and You might not agree with me with this last point, but as a person with poor writing ability, I think of blogging of a way to enhance my ability to express my ideas by writing and force me to keep working on my writing skills!

1 Response to "Blogging in education (Teaching)"

I would suggest that you were critically reflecting rather than complaining, but …

You raise some good points, and I agree with your last point. The practice of blogging can lead to deeper thinking, and the act of writing should over time lead to better writing. To me, the act of blogging forces me to higher order thinking per Bloom’s Taxonomy, and the same could be said for blog commenting. See:

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