Placement Blogging: The Benefits and Limitations of Online Journaling

Curtis, S., Axford, B. Blair, A., Gibson, C., Huggins, R., and Sherrington, P. ‘Placement blogging: the benefits and limitations of online journaling’, Enhancing Learning in the Social Sciences, Vol.1, Issue 3, 2009, ISSN: 1756-848X

Posted: 17 Jun 2012

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Steven Curtis

London Metropolitan University

Barrie Axford

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Alasdair Blair

De Montfort University

Caroline Gibson

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Richard Huggins

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Philippa Sherrington

University of Warwick

Date Written: May 2009

Abstract

The use of weblogs (blogs) as student learning journals has become increasingly popular in class-based courses, but little attention has been given to their use in supporting experiential learning activities off-campus. This article explores the advantages and limitations of placement blogging which emerged from a major research project on placement learning for students of politics. It found that blogging can encourage reflective learning due to its public nature. The article includes short videos of post-placement interviews in which students discuss issues surrounding their use of online journaling.

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Suggested Citation

Curtis, Steven and Axford, Barrie and Blair, Alasdair and Gibson, Caroline and Huggins, Richard and Sherrington, Philippa, Placement Blogging: The Benefits and Limitations of Online Journaling (May 2009). Curtis, S., Axford, B. Blair, A., Gibson, C., Huggins, R., and Sherrington, P. ‘Placement blogging: the benefits and limitations of online journaling’, Enhancing Learning in the Social Sciences, Vol.1, Issue 3, 2009, ISSN: 1756-848X, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2085556

Steven Curtis

London Metropolitan University ( email )

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Barrie Axford

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Alasdair Blair (Contact Author)

De Montfort University ( email )

United Kingdom
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Caroline Gibson

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Richard Huggins

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Philippa Sherrington

University of Warwick ( email )

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Coventry, West Midlands CV4 8UW
United Kingdom

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