3. Facilitating Academic Communication and Community Building Using Weblogs: Pedagogical Considerations and Application Examples

Margaret D. Anderson

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Weblogs, or «blogs», have become increasingly popular forms of communication on the Internet. However, while many students and faculty are proficient at using weblogs for social purposes, few have experience in transferring their use to the academic setting. Pedagogical, design and implementation issues for the inclusion of weblogs in course structures are reviewed. Four models for their inclusion in open and closed systems, within and between courses, and for individual and thematic blogs, are presented.

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