Document Type

Conference Proceeding

Publisher

Edith Cowan University, Western Australia in association with Khon Kaen University, Thailand and Bansomdejchaopraya Rajabhat University, Thailand.

Comments

Originally published in the Proceedings of the EDU-COM 2006 International Conference. Engagement and Empowerment: New Opportunities for Growth in Higher Education, Edith Cowan University, Perth Western Australia, 22-24 November 2006.

Abstract

The purpose of this case study was to determine the effect of the easy-to-use and cost-free Weblog as an instructional tool on students‘ engagement in their learning process. Weblogs are a new and effective platform for information sharing and interaction among the bloggers (Marlow 2004) and was introduced in Pre-University IT course. This course was offered in a traditional class environment but the coursework and group discussion/communication occurred virtually. Weblogging enabled students to share their work with each other online, and make it available from and to any computer that is connected to the Internet. The curricula were designed to support learning: to be exciting, be based on real-word problems, requiring students to work collaboratively beyond the school classroom. A total of 95 students participated in this study. After submitting assignments, 95 students were given an online survey, and 14 students (were chosen from the total of 95 students) completed a paper-based questionnaire to assess their use of Weblogs for skill acquisition and their general acceptance of this technology. This paper will report on the (1) use of Weblogs, (2) reasons using an online method and (3) recommendations for those who are considering the use of Blogosphere for their courses.

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