In the web journal, Campus Technology, author Denise Harrison writes about Michigan State University doctoral student Todd Ide's HyperRESEARCH based qualitative study of the effectiveness of blogging in enhancing instruction. When Todd started his research in 2009 he set out to answer three main questions:
- Does participating in a blog help reinforce learning that is done in the classroom by extending these conversations outside the confines of class hours?
- Do students believe that participating in a blog was valuable to their learning and understanding of key course concepts?
- Do students view the blog as a positive addition to their course learning or as another obstacle orrequirement to be completed?
The results of the study showed a number of positive results of incorporating blogging, such as the blogging aspect of the class helped some students overcome a sense of isolation and blogging helped students direct their own learning.
To see all of the positive results of this study please read the full article online here.