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A blog is a quick and easy platform for posting text, photos, links, video and/or audio to the web. A blog consist of a series of posts. Posts are most often presented in reverse chronological order on an author’s blog.
The advantages of using a blog in your teaching is that it empowers students to create multimodal writing that matters - in other words, they can practice their writing in low-stakes, public or semi-public ways. It allows them to interact with each other, learning from each other, and share with each other. The learning process becomes more concrete because it is more clearly articulated through regular blogging, but also because they come up against each others’ learning processes.
There are a number of blogging platforms that faculty and students may consider using:
- Blogger - Blogger is one of the oldest blogging platforms. It has been owned by Google since 2003. All UK faculty and students have access to free and unlimited use of Blogger via their UK Google Apps account. This can make getting started with blogging in your course very easy, as student will not need to create a new account, and may use their UK email credentials to log in.
- Wordpress - Wordpress.com is a free blogging platform that is open-source.
- Tumblr - more focused on visual elements of blogging.
The staff at CELT can help you set up a blog and create an environment through your teaching where blogging becomes an important and effective pedagogical component.