Blogging: This and That and Learning
My past experience with blogging has been limited to reading many, but authoring few. I enjoy the world of blogs very much: whether it be I am in need of a recipe (ThePioneerWoman.com), a pick-me-up (Incourage.me) or possibly just a laugh (Pinterest.com). Okay the last one isn’t a blog, and contains much more than just humor, but you get the gist: I like online content. Period. I like that it is small, bite-sized chunks of information on any topic you can think to enter into the search bar. What isn’t to like?
I also enjoyed learning via blogging with Dr. Pignetti’s Rhetorical Theory class this past spring. For me it was a very engaging way to learn and exercise newly forming thoughts on the subject matter. The interaction between students and their differing points-of-view made it all the more interesting.
This leads me into our reading Learning With Weblogs: Enhancing Cognitive and Social Knowledge Construction. The research preformed by Du and Wagner suggested that blogging enhanced the research subject’s learning in multiple ways. Included below are those I have personally witnessed:
- Students were more actively participating in their learning, which suggests better retention.
- The professor was able to more quickly identify students who were in need of additional help understanding subject matter and quickly respond.
- Students engage with other students via comments and from there grows a social aspect to learning.
Although blogging may not replace classrooms anytime too soon, (despite the predictions of Epic 2020) I certainly feel they have added to my learning experience. In addition, with plans to build on and include social media skills in my professional future, my résumé is also feeling the love.
I’ll end with a picture, just for the sake of saying I posted one… and yes, I found it on Pinterest.