blogging as an online learning tool

Following up on the blogging as an online learning tool, today I’m reading Palloff & Pratt (2005) – Collaborating Online, Learning Together in Community and in Part 2 of their book, they dedicated a chapter on blogs.  

Their view on using of blogs in education is as follows:“What makes a blog different from a threaded discussion is that the entries are not in response to discussion questions, but are free-flowing ideas that emerge from the material being studied. In this way, students can collaboratively reflect on material, brainstorm, and move far outside of the confines of assigned text or resource material in their thinking. Blogging can be used as a way to capture student reflections on content throughout an online course or during a virtual team or small-group activity. “ 

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