Have you ever thought of using blogs to supplement your coursework? Campus Technology published an article on Strategies for Blog-Powered Instruction. Highlighting the work of several professors, this article takes a practical look at the unique strengths of blogs to supplement learning in the classroom. The professors all agree that “blogging works best when it’s blended into the curriculum, so posts are seen both as an extension of the discussions in the classroom and as an inspiration for future classroom conversations.”
The article talks about the power of blogs to give students a voice in their learning and to provide a tool for reflection. It lists five tips for blogging, including making sure to have a clear pedagogical purpose for incorporating blogs into instruction, making them a graded element of the course, and not assuming that students are familiar with the technology.
Learn more about the blog tool built into Sakai at the Sakai Help site. There are also other blogging tools that you may want to consider using (i.e., WordPress, Blogger). Need help? Contact the IT Support Center with your request, and we will follow up with you to set up a consultation.