Why edu-blogging

Weblogs and Discourse

Weblogs as a transformational technology for higher education and academic research
by Oliver Wrede

This is thought-provoking if you’re contemplating the interplay of blogs and learning.

    In school, students have learned for years to circumvent teacher’s demands with almost perfect cleverness. This problem that can amount to a complete detachment from primary learning goals: many students (not all) start challenging the educational system by reverse-engineering implicit rules of performance approval and without actually complying with the goals of a curriculum.

»Students today: Cooperative and self-determined«

    How can a learning culture be changed over time? If educators want to help students to become more self-determined in a over-directed enviroment there is little option but to offer ways for self-expression and to honor any activity in this regard.


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