Weblogs (A weblog is a webpage where a weblogger 'logs' all the…
A weblog is a webpage where a weblogger 'logs' all the other webpages she finds interesting.
A learning log is a tightly focused academic journal that is created as the student becomes knowledgeable on an individually assigned topic. The log can serve as the basis for generating Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs),support class discussion, and provide the basis for the creation of a class presentation and web site”.
the authors investigate the impact of weblog use on individual learning in a university environment. This study indicates that learning with weblogs enhances students' cognitive and social construction of knowledge.
WEBLOG TYPES, USES AND ADVANTAGES
there are the interactive weblogs and the closed weblogs mostly based on whether the weblog author allows for comments on the weblog
there are many sorts of weblogs: personal topics, political/social/economic commentaries, information technology, etc.
weblogs written by instructors
weblogs written by students
Especifically in the education field, weblogs are being used to satisfy a variety of communication needs to favour e-learning practices
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.) to the Web
Weblogs allow instant publishing
Weblogs can be updated easily
Weblogs have the ability to reach a large audience without losing information quality
No special blogging software is needed to create a weblog
Instructor does not need to periodically request the learning logs to the students.
Other technologies can be applied jointly
BENEFITS AND BARRIERS
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 make easier sharing knowledge and information.
Discussions in weblogs promote higher levels of thinking
Collaborative weblogs support team work and group learning.
Final grading is faster and easier
Instructors may have difficulty in assessing student participation in the weblog.
The use of technology- based tools may be another barrier.
Even though most weblogs are hosted in public, free ASPs, learning weblogs should behosted in private servers, so that they do not show neither advertisements nor banners
System administrators tend to be restrictive in installing new software.
If the weblog is public, it may suffer troll infestations