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Social software as support in hybrid learning environments: the value of the blog as a tool for reflective learning and peer support.

Hall, Hazel and Davison, Brian (2007) Social software as support in hybrid learning environments: the value of the blog as a tool for reflective learning and peer support. Library & Information Science Research, 29 (2). pp. 163-187. ISSN 0740 8188

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    Abstract/Description

    This article reports on an investigation of blog technology's potential for encouraging interaction between students, and its consequences in terms of peer learning and peer support, on a module of an accredited library and information science (LIS) degree program. The findings consider the treatment of blogs in the domain of LIS with particular reference to educational settings. Content analysis revealed that blogs offer comparable and additional benefits to other projects designed to encourage reflective engagement with teaching material, such as learning journals. Most notable is the level of shared peer support evident in the online discussions between class members. The findings of this study are of particular interest to LIS educators who seek to develop their consideration of blogs in the classroom; blogs may be seen as learning tools in their own right and not simply an option for providing information online.

    Item Type: Article
    Print ISSN: 0740 8188
    Uncontrolled Keywords: blog's; blog technology; peer learning; peer support; online learning; online discussion; learning tools;
    University Divisions/Research Centres: Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Creative Industries > School of Computing
    Dewey Decimal Subjects: 000 Computer science, information & general works > 020 Library & information sciences
    300 Social sciences > 370 Education
    000 Computer science, information & general works > 000 Computer science, knowledge & systems > 000 Computer science, information & general works
    Library of Congress Subjects: Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > Z665 Library Science. Information Science
    L Education > LC Special aspects of education
    Item ID: 2187
    Depositing User: RAE Import
    Date Deposited: 25 Apr 2008 11:47
    Last Modified: 18 Feb 2013 14:17
    URI: http://researchrepository.napier.ac.uk/id/eprint/2187

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