How Do Student Blogs Compare to Short Research Assignments in Achieving Some Traditional Teaching Goals?
18 Pages Posted: 7 Feb 2013
Two major goals of teaching include educating students to communicate effectively and encouraging students to critically engage with information. To what extent can blog assignments help us to achieve these goals? In this pilot study, I use student surveys and assignment performance to compare student performances on blog assignments to traditional research short papers. I compare the amount of time students devote to each assignment, how many and what sort of sources they tend to use, how many drafts they prepare on each assignment, and student self-reports on their engagement with the information and whether the assignment encouraged further interest in the topic.
Keywords: Web 2.0, blogging, classroom
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