Office of Education Development and Gateway Education

Blogging as a Teaching Method to Foster Collaborative Learning and Critical Thinking

Workshop Series

Date: 20 October 2009

Time: 12:30-2:30pm (A light lunch will be provided from 12:30pm - 1:00pm)

Venue: CSC-H

Speaker

  • Dr Kuo Frank YU
    Assistant Professor
    Department of Management

    Students from Dr Yu’s class will share their experience in the session

Abstract

Blogging can be a powerful teaching tool that helps students learn! First, blogging makes learning independent of time and place. Students can learn from each other’s blogs outside of classrooms, allowing students time to reflect. Second, blogging encourages students to use multimedia, making learning more fun. Third, blogging helps students take pride and assume accountability for their work; the students become authors who interact with other authors in the classroom and the rest of the world. Forth, blogging makes learning interactive and collaborative. A blog allows its viewers to make comments on its various specific entries; it provides a wonderful forum for peer reviews and community dialogues on topics of interest. It creates a discovery-based learning through collaborative participation and interaction among peers and communities. Lastly, blogging makes students creative and critical thinkers. Through commenting on their peers’ works, the students form new connections and learn to make constructively critical comments. Blogging makes education an active discovery rather than a passive reception.

Session Materials