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Pages: 3599-3605
Publication year: 2010
ISBN: 978-84-613-9386-2
ISSN: 2340-1117

Conference name: 2nd International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies
Dates: 5-7 July, 2010
Location: Barcelona, Spain

FACILITATING A DIALOGIC LEARNING: CLASS-BLOG ON WEBCT

J. Sheyholislami

Carleton University (CANADA)
The blog has become an important genre for writing in community settings, workplaces and academe. A number of researchers and educators have pointed to an array of benefits that individual or class-blogs can offer. However, class-blog facilities available on learning management systems such WebCT have not been investigated. This proposed paper identifies the affordances of blog in school, and it maps out the challenges that the use of the blog poses to both instructors and students. Informed by genre theory, medium theory, and discourse analysis the study reports on the students’ level of involvement in class-blogging on WebCT in six university courses, the students’ attitudes towards the task, and their assessment of the pros and cons of the genre. The paper suggests that despite the challenges it poses, when used properly, class blogging on WebCT encourages writing-to-learn and the negotiation of meaning and it contributes to fostering a healthy dialogue among the students and the instructor in and beyond the classroom. The paper makes specific suggestions about the use of the class-blog on WebCT.
@InProceedings{SHEYHOLISLAMI2010FAC,
author = {Sheyholislami, J.},
title = {FACILITATING A DIALOGIC LEARNING: CLASS-BLOG ON WEBCT},
series = {2nd International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies},
booktitle = {EDULEARN10 Proceedings},
isbn = {978-84-613-9386-2},
issn = {2340-1117},
publisher = {IATED},
location = {Barcelona, Spain},
month = {5-7 July, 2010},
year = {2010},
pages = {3599-3605}}
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TI - FACILITATING A DIALOGIC LEARNING: CLASS-BLOG ON WEBCT
SN - 978-84-613-9386-2/2340-1117
PY - 2010
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CI - Barcelona, Spain
JO - 2nd International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies
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J. Sheyholislami (2010) FACILITATING A DIALOGIC LEARNING: CLASS-BLOG ON WEBCT, EDULEARN10 Proceedings, pp. 3599-3605.
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