A blog, as you know, is a journal of thoughts posted for readers to see. Blogs have significant potential in higher education. They give us an ability to collaborate, debate or simply share information.

BlogUniversities are currently taking a look at how to tap into this potential communication lifeline. Blogging gives professors a new look at their students which builds a stronger bond between them. According to Educause, professors are learning more about their students learning styles, working hours, study habits, and what students are passionate about. The traditional classroom doesn’t always lend itself to this opportunity. Professors are given a chance to cater to their audience by meeting students on their terms and comfort level. Today’s student wants information to be quick and lively. They like being entertained and involved.

5 benefits of blogging for both students and professors:

  • Professors can use blogs to get input from colleagues.
  • Blogs increase student accountability for participation in class.
  • Blogs give students who are not comfortable sharing in a traditional format an opportunity to express themselves.
  • Students who use blogs outside of class can express themselves in a way they are accustomed.
  • Students take responsibility for their own learning.

In a study done by Jeremy B. Williams and Joanne Jacobs, blogs are explored as learning spaces in higher education. One of the many advantages of blogging is that the professor isn’t the only researcher in the classroom anymore. Using blogs requires students to become researchers as well. A professor brings research to the classroom for discussion and brings it to the blog for comparisons.

For more information read:

Exploring the use of blogs as learning spaces in the higher education sector” by Jeremy B Williams and Joanne Jacobs

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