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Using blogs for inquiry-based learning


  • 1. I blog, therefore I : Using blogs to aid student and staff inquiry Sabine Little Learning Development & Research Associate (Networked Learning) Centre for Inquiry-based Learning in the Arts and Social Sciences www.shef.ac.uk/cilass am reflect collaborate learn teach disseminate personalise
  • 2. IBL involves
    • Students and/or tutors establishing question/problem etc
    • Students pursuing lines of inquiry (often in groups)
    • Drawing on existing knowledge
    • Identifying new learning and information needs
    • Seeking information, evidence, e.g. interacting with (digital) resources, datasets, archives
    • Discussing, receiving feedback, synthesising information, constructing knowledge
    • Analysing and communicating ideas and results
    • Working with staff as partners, participating in a research community
  • 3. Blogs for reflection
    • Can be kept private or public
    • Layout of blog encourages narrative writing continuing the story
    • Easy to link to resources, attach other materials
    • Searchable on various levels (time stamp, key words, phrases, sub-categories)
  • 4. I blog, therefore I reflect.
  • 5. Blogs for collaboration
    • Easily accessible (across countries/continents)
    • Grouping possible through pages
    • Processes, paths and reflections remain visible
    • Easy to use
    • Product can be made visible to the world
  • 6. I blog, therefore I collaborate.
  • 7. Blogs for learning/teaching
    • Individuals can bring learning components to the group, providing a bigger picture
    • Staff can model good writing, reflexivity, facilitation
    • Accessible (more easily than institutional virtual learning environments (VLEs)?)
    • Personal (unlike institutional VLEs?)
  • 8. I blog, therefore I learn/teach.
  • 9. The Soup Blog
  • 10. I blog, therefore I learn/teach.
  • 11. Blogs for dissemination
    • Sharing good practice
    • Raising the profile of learning and teaching in the institution
    • One-stop-shop for events announcements, reports, and reflections
    • Comments function facilitates discussion
    • Notification/RSS Feeds
    • Creating a community of practice?
  • 12. Blogs for dissemination
  • 13. Blogs for personalisation
    • Choice of templates customisation
    • Inclusion of sound, video, images
    • Links
    • Blogroll
  • 14. I blog, therefore I personalise.
  • 15. I blog, therefore I am
    • Personalisation
    • Integrating podcasts, videos
    • Self-publication
    • Space for sharing reflections, work & CV
    • Identification through blog?
  • 16. I blog, therefore Iam.
  • 17. Discussion
    • What can blogs do that other tools cant?
    • What cant they do?
    • What are personalisation issues?
    • What other uses might new technologies open up?