A weblog or blog is basically a log of information that an author, in this case the teacher wants to communicate to his audience, the visitors to his blog, in this case the students. It usually contains text, but sometimes photos, videos or audio too. Weblogs offer students the opportunity to post comments or questions to posts, which the teacher or a fellow student can then respond to again, etc. Then, the blog becomes a collaboration tool (see below).

Voorbeeld van een blog

An example of a blog

  • Simple and without putting in too much technical knowledge.
  • Free if you do not take your own time into account.
  • Consultable / accessible to everyone (who has access to the environment in which it was created).
  • Easy to adjust, update and to post many new contributions.
  • You can integrate a navigation structure in your blog.
  • Your students can give feedback enabling an interaction between you and your students (blog as a collaboration tool, see below).
  • A place where your students are able to reflect together on course related topics.
  • With some blogs, you can automatically send messages to your students so that they are immediately aware of a change.
  • Your content can not be modified by anyone else, nor can it be removed. An advantage compared to a wiki.
  • Absent students can quickly catch up via your blog.
  • Your students can set up a blog themselves and thus take their first steps in communicating with the outside world.
  • Discipline needed to regularly post new information.
  • You’re the only person who can add new content, your students can only give feedback.
  • You can also make your blog a group blog, which several people can contribute to. You do this by adding others as contributors. You then remain admin of your blog, but contributors may provide information which will then be published after your approval.
  • Time consuming.
  • Not easy to put content in a concise and clear manner.
  • Risk of annoying and / or inappropriate comments.