Blogging, which I did not know stands for “web logging” is a relatively new phenomenon which since 2003 has been making its way into education. “Weblogs at Harvard Law” was one of the first places where blogging as part of higher education learning was experimented with. At the Brisbane Graduate School of Business an “MBA Blog” was trialled and survey responses were collected in a paper by Jeremy Williams and Joanne Jacobs. They asked students questions about how effective the blogs were at increasing learning, interactions with other students and personal reflections. Overall the study found that most of the students thought that blogging was beneficial and that it could be useful in other courses.
I think the use of blogging with education is one of the next progressions we will see in the coming years. By using technology and blogs, learning can be done not only in classrooms, but from virtually anywhere at any time. This allows students to be more connected to each other and their professor than ever before. Blogging also allows students to become more adept with technology and continue learning from a wider range of sources found on the internet. These sources can then be shared with their classmates through blogging allowing concepts learned in class to be revisited and revised.
Blogging on the other hand could also have negative consequences. I have heard many adults say that our generation is becoming more and more socially deficient. Meaning that we communicate so much through other mediums like email, texting, Facebook, Twitter, etc, that we no longer know how to social interact face to face with people. It is sometimes much easier to tell someone how you truly feel through technology than having an in person conversation. Could blogging be taking away from the social and personal interactions we gain from talking face to face or having discussions in class? The time lag with blogs could also be an issue. In class you can have instant feedback and debate about topics and theories, teaching students to think quickly on their feet. However with blogs people have time to research an answer and carefully craft a response. Overall the use of technology to improve teaching is a wonderful thing that can help enhance learning, but it must be done carefully so that students retain the important skills that only in-class learning can provide.