Okay, so since I have started blogging there have been the wingers, the over enthusiastic, the ones who always write impressive things, and the ones who just type out anything and hope for the best: therefore I thought it would be nice to determine at the end of this if blogging is an effective tool in a university environment.
I could quite happily join the wingers now I have brought this subject up, because I blooming hate doing blogs – it’s boring, and just a drag. I forget about them, end up doing them (as you can see from the time I have posted this) about two minutes before midnight when they are due in. BUT can this method be a useful teaching tool for the lecturers. Yes it demonstrates that we have been able to show an understanding of a research method or some statistical test, but the basics could be googled and bam there is an answer that you can ramble about in a blog for a bit.
Personally I preferred the weekly statistics tests that we had last year – the blogs are too relaxed and the informality of them to me makes me feel like they aren’t important. I am aware that this is extremely daft as they are ultimately a part of a degree and every comment and blog matters. But it’s just personal preference and this teaching method just really doesn’t work for me. Working under extreme pressure tends to have a better effect – hence leaving the blogs until the last possible minute and sitting weekly exams.
A lot of people have looked into whether blogging is in fact an effective tool and there are different views however it has been found to enhance a students learning and some poor bugger actually took the time to find 100 reasons as to why blogs are so good: http://www.onlinedegrees.org/100-reasons-why-you-should-use-blogs/ (please let me know if you manage to read all 100). One point that caught my attention that blogs are meant to be ‘fun’ and I think this is where a lot of lecturers etc are definitely a little kept in the dark because they are not fun at all. It’s a looming feeling knowing you have a blog to write and it’s not half as fun as playing sonic and eating ice cream. However like I have said previously it is personal preference.
Blogs just aren’t my thing but I am able to grasp as to why universities would like to use them as a teaching tool.