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Blogging as a Collaborative Learning Tool

When I first started to think about a topic for my portfolio, I was a first semester graduate student.  In my pocket, I had my newest toy, a pink iPod mini.  I bought it to work out with, my cd player was just too bulky.  Podcasts were not a new idea to me, but the thought of using a podcast as an educational too was.  In addition, I had been writing in a blog for years.  It was something fun that I shared with my friends.  But again, I had never considered it as an educational tool. It was at that point that I picked my topic… Interactive Technology for Learning and Performance.

In EDIT 188, I took the opportunity to write about a technology that I was intimate with, the blog.  Instead of thinking about a blog as a way to stay in touch with friends and relatives, I thought about it as a tool for learning.  By using blogs as a tool for collaborative learning, instructors have an opportunity to share instructional information easily with their students.

With their comments and feedback, blogs allow students to be active participants in their learning process.  By defining collaboration and showing the educational theory behind blogging, this paper shows how blogs support a collaborative learning environment, while presenting hurdles and benefits of their use.  In the process, it will show why blogs are changing education for the better.

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