Exploring the use of blogs as learning spaces in the higher education sector by Williams, J & Jacobs, J, 2004.
The article gives a brief history of how the blogosphere and the term blogging came to exist and the reasons behind the popularity of the blogs. It then, explores and discusses the ways in which blogging can be conducive to learning in higher education by looking at two experiences of utilizing blogs as an academic and educational tool at Harvard Law School and Brisbane Graduate School of Business at Queensland University of technology.
According to the article the origin of blogging is still a matter of debate, but since started they have constantly grown. The main features of the blogs that led to their phenomenal growth and popularity are their accessibility, easiness of use, versatility and interactivity. What really grabbed my attention in this article was the analysis the authors had made on how blogging contributes to knowledge construction. According to the authors of the article, blogging has a great potential to serve as a valuable online learning tool which encompasses most of the guiding principles of constructivism
Through the experience of blogging learners actively engage in learning process by collaboratively sharing ideas and knowledge, reflecting on ideas and constructing meanings. In addition, they have access to other relevant sources through hypertext links on the blogs which encourages them to revise build up on their knowledge, leading to enriching their learning experience.
I strongly agree with the authors that blogs and blogging can be used as interesting ways of engaging students in learning, which gives them the autonomy and responsibility for their own learning as well as opportunity to interact with their peers and teachers.