Associate Professor Jill Walker Rettberg has discussed how Blogging is a useful tool for reflection and learning in her paper available in the E-Pedagogy for Teachers in Higher Education Virtual Book – available here .
Some of these reasons she suggests that blogging is helpful for learning and reflection include:
* It helps us to communicate our thoughts more clearly and our thoughts are more carefully considered because we know that it is for an audience
*Blogging makes it easier to practice writing – it is quick and easy to post our thoughts online and respond to external ideas through blogs. Also, because others will read and respond our posts, we are more inclined to better spelling, grammar and punctuation.
*It increases our confidence in writing and learning because we are actually creating and publishing something (higher order learning)
*It enables Peer Review and Reflection – We produce better work and help others do the same through being able to give and receive feedback quickly and easily through Blogs. We are also able then to reflect on, edit and reshape our ideas online.
Walker Rettberg then went on to discuss how she used blogging in her own classes, leading by example, just as David Jones has done throughout this NGL course.
As a student, this paper has provided me with some further theoretical underpinnings for why I have found blogging so useful in this course and why I have benefitted from following our course convenor’s own blog.
It was also great to read another post on the FutureLearningMusings on the same topic and which explores some other aspects of blogging.
Walker Rettberg, J. Blogging as a Tool for Reflection and Learning. In A. Karin Lars & G. Oline Hole. (Eds.), E-Pedagogy for Teachers in Higher Education. Bergen, Norway: Bergen University College. Retrieved from http://www.virclass.net/eped/ep_tmp/files/17842056574abc85cdf304e.pdf