Blogs
Blogs
Introduction

Blogs

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Blogs are online journals and contain an area for instructors or student to post information and add comments. Information on a blog is entered sequentially and older posts are maintained chronologically as new information is added. Numerous vendors supply blogging software. Two free blogging platforms are WordPress (www.wordpress.com) and Blogger (www.blogger.com). Blogger is a Google product and requires a g-mail account (Google e-mail) to access the software. WordPress is a multifaceted product and supports blogs designed for educators called “edublogs“.

Blogs are used by educators at colleges and universities for various reasons. Blogs are suitable for posting written work (Educause, 2005), class discussions and digital research (Mclurken & Meloni, 2010). Stanford University established a cross-cultural blog to post student discussions and assignments about intercultural issues. Blogs are also used for reflective exercises (Dunlap & Stevens).

Once an assignment is published on a blog, other students and/or the instructor(s) are able view the content and post feedback using the comment option. For more ideas about using blogs for educational purposes, open the University of Colorado handbook or read 7 Things You Should Know About Blogs.