Daily Bookmarks 03/04/2008

Blogging boosts your social life: research Annotated

tags: blog, community, research, socialnetworking

Social and emotional benefits of blogging include better social support networks and feel more part of a community.

Bloggers reported a greater sense of belonging to a group of like-minded people and feeling more confident they could rely on others for help.

All respondents, whether or not they blogged, reported feeling less anxious, depressed and stressed after two months of online social networking.

    Learning through Blogging: Graduate Student Experiences Annotated

    tags: blog, feedback, highered, motivation

    eLearn Magazine on one instructor’s experiences using blogs with graduate students. He found that blogs were very motivating for students and helped them learn and reflect. His experience with blogs was very positive.

    In reality, most students write many more entries than the minimum required. They also read each other’s entries, and comment on them, as do I as the instructor. While the blog writing is motivated as a class assignment, student enthusiasm for the activity is contagious: Once a critical mass of active student bloggers is established (and of course, there are some who steadfastly refuse to have anything to do with it, incentives and penalties notwithstanding), off they go!

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