Exploring the role of weblogs in supporting learning communities: An integrative approach

Liping Deng*, Allan H.K. Yuen

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

This study explores into the role of weblogs in supporting preservice teachers during their teaching practice and the key factors determining their engagement with weblogs. Underlying our study is an integrative approach that puts weblogs alongside with other popular media in use. An online community was intentionally built with weblogs to facilitate reflection and social interaction among dispersed preservice teachers. In parallel, multiple channels of communication were employed for peer interaction. Weblogs were perceived as valuable in relieving isolation, documenting their experience, and expressing their personal feelings. Instant Messenger and phone were rated as the most frequently used media. This study sustains our conviction that the integrative approach is vital to have a comprehensive picture of interaction among a community. Our study deepens the insights into the distinct benefit of weblogs as educational media and informs the future development of an online community with weblogs.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 24th Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education, ASCILITE 2007
PublisherCentre for Educational Development, Nanyang Technological University
Pages193-202
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9789810595784
ISBN (Print)9789810595791
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2007
Event24th Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education - "ICT: Providing Choices for Learners and Learning", ASCILITE 2007 - , Singapore
Duration: 2 Dec 20075 Dec 2007
https://www.ascilite.org/conferences/singapore07/papers/papers.htm
https://www.ascilite.org/conferences/singapore07/procs/index.html

Publication series

NameASCILITE 2007 - The Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education

Conference

Conference24th Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education - "ICT: Providing Choices for Learners and Learning", ASCILITE 2007
Country/TerritorySingapore
Period2/12/075/12/07
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Scopus Subject Areas

  • Computer Science (miscellaneous)
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Education

User-Defined Keywords

  • Blogging
  • Learning community
  • Preservice teachers
  • Weblogs

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