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Title: Exploring students' understanding of how blogs and blogging can support distance learning in Higher Education
Authors: Kerawalla, Lucinda
Minocha, Shailey
Conole, Gráinne
Kirkup, Gill
Schencks, Matt
Sclater, Niall
First Published: 2007
Citation: Research paper presented at ALT-C 2007: Beyond Control: Association of Learning Technologies Conference, 14th International Conference of the Association for Learning Technology, 4-6 September 2007, Nottingham, UK.
Abstract: We focus on exploring students’ understanding of how blogs and blogging can support distance learning in Higher Education. We report on the findings from a survey of 795 distance learners at the UK Open University, and interviews with course designers whose courses utilise blogs. Despite enthusiasm from educators, the survey revealed that students are not enthusiastic about the potential for blogging activities to be built into their courses. Analysis of students’ open-ended comments revealed that some students have positive expectations about blogging facilitating the sharing of material and ideas, for example, whilst the majority expressed concerns about subjectivity. We also discuss some empirically derived guidelines that we have generated that will enable educators to provide the appropriate scaffolds so that students can appropriate blogging tools for their own individual learning needs.
Version: Presentation
Type: Conference paper
Rights: © The Author 2007. This conference paper is reproduced here with permission of the authors.
Appears in Collections:Conference Papers & Presentations, Beyond Distance Research Alliance

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