Why students should blog

One of my current clients are the professors of Educational doctorate and Masters level courses at CSU Fresno.  The program is gradually moving their doctoral and MA courses online and I am serving in the capacity of “Online Learning Coach.”  As I work with each professor, we discuss the tools within the Blackboard course management system and the tools we want to make public.  In one of the administrative leadership courses, the professors decided to have each student blog and reflect on the readings and face-to-face class experiences.  Not one of the students has had any experience with blogs so they will be learning about the power of blogs throughout the semester.  All of the student blogs are listed on the main class blog here in case you’d like to comment.

Today, I happened to come across the blog post “Six Reasons Why Kids Should Know How to Blog.”  Even though these reasons apply to students under the age of 18, they could also could apply to college, Masters and doctoral students as well.  Here is the abbreviated list:

  • Create positive digital footprints
  • Communicate with digital tools
  • Transparency
  • New ways of thinking about digital tools
  • Effective digital citizenship
  • [Public] pride in work [Sharing with colleagues]



2 Responses to “Why students should blog”

  1. 1 Student Forum September 5, 2011 at 2:45 am

    Nice to know that why students and youth should blog, i am also a student and i know the importance of blogging as a student, because it enlightens learning abilities, and new technology comprehension abilities in youth, i experienced it myself.

  2. 2 Rebecca September 10, 2011 at 3:34 am

    I think an important aspect is missing. In order to blog well, you need to develop reflective learning skills. The idea of reflecting on a topic before posting is new to too many people – but it is such a powerful way to improve learning experiences.

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