To blog or not to blog? Using blogs in assessment

Ruth Smith


‘Higher Education in a Web 2.0 World’ published in March 2009 raised some important issues for HE practitioners: how to capitalise upon the web-based skills of students in teaching and assessment. Recognising the valuable employability skills derived from confident IT usage, this paper outlines the initial stages of an investigation into the use of blogs or weblogs to replace reflective notebooks in a free choice elective designed to develop entrepreneurial skills in creative students. Specifically, the research will consider how students go about starting their blogs; what they blog about and whether there is any resistance to using blogs in learning. The study which takes a mixed-methods approach is in the initial stages of data collection and analysis.

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