Using Blogs for Real World Writing: Encouraging Learner Independence


This study aimed to investigate students' opinions on using blogs for writing and giving comments among classmates outside class. Results from a questionnaire show that students consider the act of giving comments on Blogs helped them to improve their critical thinking, problem solving and communication skills. Some students felt uncomfortable to give comments when others knew who they were. However, most of the participants preferred online to discussion to face, could express ideas in the online discussion. More than 90% agreed that Blogging supports collaborative learning both in knowledge development and group sharing. Many students agreed that Free-writing was too difficult while nearly all the students indicated Blog could help them learn how to write, they learned and used new vocabulary and they improved their writing skills. Although half of the students agreed that the assignments in Blogs were too time consuming, they encouraged learner independence.

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Sumonta Damronglaohapan, Rajamangala University of Technology Srivijaya, Thailand

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Conference: ACTC2015
Stream: Web-based Learning

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