Weblogs in het hoger onderwijs

In de weblog van Walter Baets las ik over een paper waarin ingegaan wordt op het gebruik van weblogs in het hoger onderwijs: Exploring the use of blogs as learning spaces in the higher education sector van Jeremy B. Williams en Joanne Jacobs.

The chief purpose of this paper is to comment, critically, on the potential for blogs as ‘learning spaces’ for students within the higher education sector. (…). The
paper concludes that blogging has the potential to be a transformational technology for teaching and learning, and universities ought to give strong consideration to the setting up blog facilities within their learning management system (LMS).

Een interessant paper. De auteurs bespreken eerst enkele artikelen over het gebruik van weblogs in het hoger onderwijs. Zij halen onder meer Ferdig en Trammel aan die stellen dat

the discursive nature of knowledge construction is best addressed by the immediacy and commentary based system of blogging. They observe that there will be a natural tendency for reflection and analysis on the part of the student, given feedback systems are integral to the blogging interface, but also note that the contextualisation of
learning through hypertext links to other materials encourages revisiting and revising of learned concepts, enriching the learning experience. Compared to asynchronous discussion forums such as newsgroups and bulletin boards, Ferdig & Trammel (2004) contend that blogs are more successful in promoting interactivity that is conversational; a mode of interaction more conducive to improved student and teacher relationships, active learning, higher order thinking, and greater flexibility in teaching and learning more generally.

Vervolgens bespreken Wiliams en Jacobs enkele praktijvoorbeelden van weblogs in hoger onderwijs. Eén van deze voorbeelden is geëvalueerd en hieruit bleek dat studenten positief waren over het gebruik van weblogs ten behoeve van hun leren.
Volgens de auteurs kun je met weblogs studenten een hoge mate van autonomie geven, terwijl je tegelijkertijd de mogelijkheid biedt van interactie met andere studenten.

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Wilfred Rubens (1964) currently works as an independent consultant, project leader, blogger and teacher in the field of technology enhanced learning. He leads innovative projects, he provides advice, keynotes, presentations, workshops and classes about technology enhanced learning. Wilfred has been professionally involved in e-learning for more than 20 years. For more than 15 years he blogs about ICT and learning. He is (co-)author of a book about elearning trends and developments (in Dutch), and a book about social learning. Wilfred is also one of the editors of the Dutch portal e-learning.nl, member of the advisory board of the anual Dutch Next Learning conference and member of the advisory board of the ONLINE EDUCA BERLIN. wilfred@wilfredrubens.com http://www.wilfredrubens.com


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