Assessing with Blogs


A blog (abbreviated from "web log") is a website where people publish short items on a continuing basis. A blog can have one author or many. Blog entries (posts) display in reverse chronological order (that is, the most recent post displays highest on the page). Authors can embed hyperlinks, images, videos and podcasts in the content of the post, and can leave a section at the bottom of each post open for readers' comments.

You can use blogs in a course to facilitate students' formative learning towards key assessable learning outcomes, including academic literacy (Dysthe, 2001) and digital literacy skills. Generally you do this by requiring students to write and publish regular posts, and by giving feedback, and/or encouraging the students' peers to give feedback, in the comments section of the posts.

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