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Exploring students’ understanding of how blogs and blogging can support distance learning in higher education

Kerawalla, Lucinda; Minocha, Shailey; Conole, Grainne; Kirkup, Gill; Schencks, Mat and Sclater, Niall (2007). Exploring students’ understanding of how blogs and blogging can support distance learning in higher education. In: ALT-C 2007: Beyond Control: Association of Learning Technologies Conference, 4-6 September 2007, Nottingham, UK.

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Abstract

The paper focuses on exploring students’ understanding of how blogs and blogging can support distance learning in higher education. We report on the findings from a survey of 795 distance learners at the UK Open University, and interviews with course designers whose courses utilise blogs. Despite enthusiasm from educators, the survey revealed that students are not enthusiastic about the potential for blogging activities to be built into their courses. Analysis of students’ open-ended comments revealed that some students have positive expectations about blogging facilitating the sharing of material and ideas, for example, whilst the majority expressed concerns about subjectivity. We also discuss some empirically derived guidelines that we have generated that will enable educators to provide the appropriate scaffolds so that students can appropriate blogging tools for their own individual learning needs.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item
Copyright Holders: 2007 The Authors
Keywords: learning technologies,blogging, student learning, distance education
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Education, Childhood, Youth and Sport
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Computing and Communications
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Learning Teaching and Innovation (LTI) > Institute of Educational Technology (IET)
Learning Teaching and Innovation (LTI)
Learning Teaching and Innovation (LTI) > Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL)
Other Departments > Learning and Teaching
Other Departments
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Childhood Studies
Centre for Research in Computing (CRC)
Health and Wellbeing PRA (Priority Research Area)
Item ID: 29563
Depositing User: Gill Kirkup
Date Deposited: 27 Jan 2012 13:34
Last Modified: 06 Sep 2017 17:38
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/29563
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