Computer usage has become an ubiquitous presence in education and is often actively incorporated into learning practices. A key method used to integrate computers into the classroom is blogging. Blogging can be defined as an online informal journal or diary where students can frequently convey ideas about the subject content (Bryd, No Date).
This tool is used within the E-Business module I am currently studying and has been a useful study aid. The benefits include our lecturer frequently using blogs as homework and classroom activities to aid us in developing an appropriate writing style for blogging. This was invaluable when commencing the blogs as part of the assessment (Lumos Learning, No Date). They will also potentially aid me when doing revision for the end of year examination. Another benefit of blogging has led me to constructively reflect on the content taught within the lectures and then interpret the concepts into my own language and do further research helping me gain in-depth knowledge of the subject (Couros, 2013). Another advantage of blogging is, if managed effectively by the lecturer it enables group debate within class. It also encourage higher learning, for example in my previous year’s E-Business class, our lecturer would take different segments of each student’s blogs and then reflect upon them during revision sessions. This facilitated engagement from students and led to the group developing more comprehensive knowledge about the subject.
However, despite the advantages outlined above there are some disadvantages associated with blogging. One disadvantage is it can be a time consuming activity which if poorly utilised by the learner can divert attention from fully comprehending the subject content (Sandlar.2009). Another issue could be the student using inappropriate language for their audience so they may not fully comprehend the subject (Keesee.2012). Another issue within blogging is that as the blogs are created by the students then there is a delay in using this information in the class (Keesee.2012).
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