10 Reasons to Love/Hate Blogging to Learn

Here it is, the moment you have all been waiting for. Okay, maybe not. Here are my ten reasons for loving and hating blogging to learn.

list 10 reasons using weblogs (distributed work) can benefit learning. Start with the authors, but move on to your own ideas.

1. Project yourself as a “real” person.
2. Retain ownership of your writing and edit at will.
3. Construct and confirm meaning through sustained reflection and discourse in a critical community of inquiry.
4. Significantly more in-depth and extended writing.
5. Tool for the publication of opinion, lifestyle, and (to a lesser degree) news.
6. Create, store, and present digital portfolios.
7. Enhances typing skills.
8. Tightens the relationship with you and the world-wide web.
9. Experimentation with technologies builds brain muscle.
10. Many careers in English, Business and Mass Comm. deal with the blogosphere, this will help at future jobs.

list the same number of problem / difficulties / challenges you see to using blogs for learning. Start with the authors, but move on to your own ideas.

1. Extremely time-consuming. It takes a lot of time and effort.
2. No face-to-face contact.
3. Difficult to find your own “voice” online. Posts become essay-like or perhaps too personal.
4. Easy to ignore others’ work and not get other perspectives.
5. Some students tend to become superficially invested in subject-specifics.
6. Some things are easier explained in person, rather than written and read.
7. A contribution may or may not viewed. Can often times be over-looked or skimmed.
8. You get what you take out it. If someone is not really technologically advanced and overwhelmed they are likely to get out of dodge and take “W.”
9. Non-profit.
10. Questions may or may not be answered because of all the traffic from a variety of sources.

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2 responses to “10 Reasons to Love/Hate Blogging to Learn

  1. > You get what you take out it.
    That’s the scariest reason of them all, but I wonder if all courses are like this. You get out what you put in. And the advantage with weblogs, then, is that the work persists. Everyone’s work with the course is chronicled. You and others can return to it, maybe get something more out of it later.

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