A blog (web log) can be thought of as an online journal that is frequently updated and displays entries in reverse chronological order.  In LearnJCU blogs can contain text, images, links, multimedia, mashups, and attachments. Commenting can also be enabled to allow remarks or responses to blog entries to be made by other students and the lecturer.

Some popular uses of blogs are:

  • Engaging students in reflective writing – When used as a private blog students can consider and explore topic readings, class discussions, or field experiences. Through the blogs, lecturers can gain ready insight into students’ experiences in the subject, and can efficiently provide individualised feedback

  • Learning by peer review and feedback – When used as a group blog, students learn through peer review by viewing each other’s posts and providing constructively critical feedback, suggestions, and comments

  • Encouraging creativity and group work – A group or site blog can be used to encourage lively discussion of topics and concepts in the subject. Engaging in written debate can motivate students to sharpen their critical thinking and rhetorical skills. Students can also exercise creativity by selecting and adding relevant images, external links, and uploaded files to their posts.

Blog types in LearnJCU

In LearnJCU blogs can be:

  • Individual to all students - Each person can add entries only to their own blog. All other subject members can view and add comments to it.

  • Subject - You can create a subject blog and determine the topic you want addressed. All subject members can add blog entries and comment on blog entries.

  • Group - Group members can add blog entries and make comments on blog entries, building upon one another. Group blogs can be set up to allow all subject members to view the group blog and add comments.