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Using weblogs to encourage Reflective Learning in History

Author: Jane Dawson, Kirsty Murray, Sara Parvis, Jessie Paterson

Type: Case Study

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Experiences with blogging in a history course: course setup, benefits, pitfalls, and recommendations. Everyone seems to have a Blog these days but can this informal style of communication really be useful in a higher education context? In the school of Divinity at the University of Edinburgh we began experimenting with a simple blogging tool in 2005 and have found that blogging can improve the level of reflection in students' learning and empower them to make the most of their face-to-face time with tutors. Our HCA sponsored trial followed the introduction of blogging into two history courses an Honours 3/4 level course and a Masters course, but we have since successfully used blogs with students at all levels of study.


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