ERIC Number: EJ1028900
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 26
Assessing Peer Support and Usability of Blogging in Hybrid Learning Environments
Chang, Y. J.; Chang, Y. S.
Interactive Learning Environments, v22 n1 p3-17 2014
Blogs provide contextualization of the information which is vital to the process of peer support. Through dialogues initiated by blog authors and followed by readers, blog platforms build a viable base of shared experiences and mutual relationships. We employ blogs as interactive learning tools for communities of practice in higher education. Content analysis based on empirical data is used to gauge the blog technology's potential for encouraging interactions between students and the degree of reflection and peer support exhibited through educational blogs in hybrid learning environments. Investigation of the implications of students' academic achievements on learning preferences is conducted to further assess the usability of blogs with particular reference to educational settings. We conducted content analysis for two consecutive semesters of Programming for Web-based Applications in the fall 2007 and the spring semester of 2008. Results reveal that students offer peer support in the online discussions between class members but they may not demonstrate reflective interactions. The usability study shows a statistically significant difference in learning preferences among students of varying academic performance.
Descriptors: Electronic Publishing, Web Sites, Usability, Blended Learning, Peer Relationship, Communities of Practice, Higher Education, Content Analysis, Social Networks, Network Analysis, Interaction, Academic Achievement, Electronic Learning, Web 2.0 Technologies, Student Experience, Helping Relationship, Learning Strategies, Educational Environment, College Students
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Postsecondary Education; Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A