THE USE OF WEBLOGS IN HIGHER EDUCATION: BENEFITS AND BARRIERS (Barries…
THE USE OF WEBLOGS IN HIGHER EDUCATION:
BENEFITS AND BARRIERS
Instructor weblog: Weblogs written by instructors are mainly used as an additional communication channel to share information with students. Instructor weblogs usually contain course content, course management information, general commentary to all the students about their learning progress, etc..
Student Weblog: Weblogs written by students are basically learning weblogs or project weblogs. A learning weblog is "a learning diary, created concurrently with the learning experience and reporting on the learning content as well as the process ( including time taken, sources used and so forth)". A project weblog , often authored by a team of students, documents the project progress and findings
Instructors may have difficulty in assesing student participation in the weblog
The use of technology- based tools may be another barrier
If the weblog is public, it may suffer troll infestations.
System administrators tend to be restrictive in installing new software
Weblogs : are personal web pages written in chronological order and maintained through a specific software that helps their administration . From educational point of view, weblogs are the development of traditional learning logs for students and teachers.
Weblogs allow instant publishing with just one click
Other technologies can be applied jointly
24/7 (any time, anywhere) access to information posted in weblogs
Weblogs are easy to setup and administrate in contrast to other technologies.
Because of its format similar to that of a personal diary, weblogs encourage informal communication, creativity and self- expression.
The first and foremost benefit of weblogs in HEls in 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 information.
Specifically in the education field, weblogs are being used to satisfy a variety of communication needs to favor e- learning practices