THE USE OF WEBLOGS IN HIGHER EDUCATION: BENEFITS AND BARRIERS (WEBLOG…
THE USE OF WEBLOGS IN HIGHER EDUCATION:
BENEFITS AND BARRIERS
weblogs written by instructors are mainly used as an additional
communication channel to share information with students.
weblogs written by students are basically learning weblogs or project
documenting one’s life
providing commentary and opinions
expressing deeply felt
articulating ideas through writing
forming and maintaining community forums
Weblogs are easy to setup and administrate in contrast to other technologies.
Weblogs makes easier to publish all types of resources (text, images, video, etc.)
Weblogs allow instant publishing with just one click
Weblogs can be updated easily, from anywhere without having to worry about FTP
connections, web authoring software, etc.
24/7 (anytime, anywhere) access to information posted in weblogs.
The first and foremost benefit of weblogs in HEIs is their use as e-learning tools.
Weblogs help create connections between students with diverse opinions and interests
Weblogs’ features (linking, replying, and tracking) make easier sharing knowledge and
Collaborative weblogs support team work and group learning.
nstructors may have difficulty in assessing student participation in the weblog
The use of technology- based tools may be another barrier. It can be of a structural nature, for
instance lack of computers, or difficult access to the Internet
Even though most weblogs are hosted in public, free ASPs, learning weblogs should be
hosted in private servers
System administrators tend to be restrictive in installing new software.