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Blog, Share, Expand, & Learn - using blogs in the learning environment to advance skills and knowledge.



Is it possible to use blogs inside various learning environments and be successful?


This post takes a closer look at methods to incorporate blogging into the learning environment to expand the knowledge and skills of learners.


Blogging in the online educational setting augments, illuminates, and raises the learning opportunities for the student and improves the instructional environment for the educator. Blogging is particularly appropriate for students and instructors working asynchronously because the blog information and shared discussions are available as references, interaction points, social connection and as guideposts for instructors throughout a course (Sull & Clements, 2023). In a study from 2012, Jun discovered that the students in their study almost unanimously agreed that blogging developed collaboration, cooperation, and cohort assistance as well as increasing participation in classroom assignments and independent work. Many of these students favored blogging assignments over more traditional writing tasks. 


Blogs give learners many chances for independent knowledge acquisition and expand the opportunities of learning. Additionally, they offer potential online teaching resources. Besides this, the use of technology in language classes is becoming a trend as traditional classrooms are replaced by remote and asynchronous learning landscapes, and blogging also plays a role (Vijay & Vijayakumar, 2023). Participation in blogging, whether in a discussion forum or other assignment, is a teaching strategy that creates stronger learner engagement inside a course. There are many blogs and resources online that boost mental acuity, increase abilities, and improve understanding and these resources require serious consideration inside the learning environment and classroom setting (Sull & Clements, 2023). 


When implementing blogging into an educational environment or using other blogs as examples, the writings, teacher blog, and subjects must be aligned to the course’s goals and objectives as well as individual assignments inside each unit of study. The learners also view the published blogs as examples of quality communication, so it is critical to choose blog excerpts that provide ideal and positive illustrations of writing (Sull & Clements, 2023). In their recent study (Kadir & Tasir, 2020) data showed that learners first and foremost used blogging for communication, and personal reasons, including sharing emotions and perspectives surrounding the learning process, which students stated made blogging much more engaging and fun and a frequent outlet for discussing their pathway through the course content and their own knowledge acquisition. 


Blogging is an excellent tool for language learning purposes. This technology is appropriate for every level of student learning including elementary through higher educational environments. It is also a perfect tool for the instructor because in addition to student feedback and support, it acts as a storehouse and depository for information and a method to share documentation, and a discussion forum between the instructor and the learning cohort. Digital blogs connect younger students and allow for exploration into areas that may interest them more and engage them in new and fascinating ways. And unlike a traditional classroom, students may access these blogs at a time of their choosing unconstrained by time and space. Consistent and continuous feedback through blogging also reinforces composition and literacy skills for these students. Engagement increases and student participation is activated when posts and input create feedback and socialization within the learning community (Vijay & Vijayakumar, 2023). 


Participation in blogging, whether in a discussion forum or other assignment, is a teaching strategy that creates stronger learner engagement inside a course. There are many blogs and resources online that boost mental acuity, increase abilities, and improve understanding and these resources require serious consideration inside the learning environment and classroom setting (Sull & Clements, 2023). 


Below you will find some terrific resources to explore different educational blogs and some tips and tricks on creating your own blog as a student resource and your educational expertise. 


  1. 10 Tips for Education Bloggers - @TeacherToolkit Blog:



2. How to Start a Teacher Blog in 6 Steps - Wix.com Blog



3. The 50 Best Education Blogs - Detailed.com



4. 10 Essential Teaching Blogs - Ziplet.com






References:

Abdul Kadir, N. I., & Tasir, Z. (2020). Students’ perceptions and information-sharing patterns in learning authoring system course through blogging. International Journal of Emerging Technologies in Learning15(19), 187–199. https://doi.org/10.3991/ijet.v15i19.10950 


Detailed.com. The 50 best education blogs/education blogs. https://detailed.com/education-blogs/ 


Jun, P. W. P. (2012). Blogging for education: unleashing the potential of the humble blog--a case study into the application of blog as part of a project portfolio. Advances in Language and Literary Studies3(2), 1–10. 


Sull, E. C., & Clements, K. (2023). Blogging as a teaching tool: ideal for the online environment of any course! Distance Learning20(2), 45–48. 


TeacherToolkit (2015, October 3). 10 Tips for Education Bloggers/teachertoolkit blog.


Vijay P., & Vijayakumar M. (2023). Blogging as an integrative technology to improve language proficiency: an investigative study among engineering students in India. Journal of Language Teaching & Research, 14(2), 314–320. https://doi.org/10.17507/jltr.1402.06 


Wix.com. How to start a teacher blog?/wix.com blog. https://rb.gy/d7u3ot  


Ziplet.com. 10 essential teaching blogs/teaching development blog. https://ziplet.com/post/10-essential-teaching-blogs 

 







 

 

 

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