What is Blogging?

WordPress.org has a good introduction to Blogging.

The term "Blog is an abbreviated version of weblog, which is a term used to describe web sites that maintain an ongoing chronicle of information. A blog features diary-type commentary and links to articles on other Web sites, usually presented as a list of entries in reverse chronological order." [WordPress]

Blogs typically feature posts by an individual or a group. Readers can comment upon these posts directly. Blogs vary widely in nature. They tend to be popular, because they often provide an unvarnished and insider perspective on a particular topic. [Karjaluoto 2008]

A special kind of blogging is Microblogging.

Interesting questions

  • What is the educational potential of Collaborative Idea Development?

Application scenarios in education

  • Learning journal/study diary/learning log: Reporting on learning processes and learning outcomes.
  • Basic lecture with practical exercises.
  • Planning and management of practical activities.
  • Collaborative conceptualisation, creation and editing.
  • Lecturer and tutors are also blogging - call back to lecturers by comments.
  • Coordination and publication of daily tasks.
  • Idea collection.
  • Trip planning and preparation.
  • Course documentation.
  • Online collaboration. Students know where they have to got to find the information they need.
  • Element of E-Portfolio or E-Assessment - flexible element for assessment.
  • E-Portfolio Blog: Personal; reflection of the own learning process; study planning (practice-orientated).
  • Language course: Blogs are used to communicate in the foreign language. Give themes and deadlines for posts/blogs and comments.

Video from teachers.tv: ICT for the non-specialist. Blogs and online learning.
This video is about the use of blogs and online collaboration in education.

How Blogging Works

Blogs - Video Tutorial

Tools and services

Blogger, Wordpress
WeblogMatrix (compare Weblog services)

Twitter (Tweetdeck, Listorious, Twitterwallr, TweetChat, TweetGrid)

Wordpress Guide: From Zero to Hero.



Wopereis, I. G. J. H., Sloep, P. B., & Poortman, S. H. (2010). Weblogs as instruments for reflection on action in teacher education. Interactive Learning Environments, 18, 245-261. DSpace

Nutall, H. (2008). The Zen of Blogging.

Wright, D. K. & Hinson, M. D. (2008). How Blogs and Social Media are Changing Public Relations and the Way it is Practiced. Public Relations Journal, Vol. 2, No. 2. Blogs & Social Media.

Microblogging References


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