Center for Educational Technologies Blogs and Vlogs

Blogs and Vlogs

A blog (shortened for web log) is an online journal written in reverse chronological order. Blogs can be personal in nature or they can be focused around a specific topic. Blogs usually are updated on a regular basis and like podcasts, readers may be able to subscribe to a blog using an RSS feed. Blogs often contain text, links, multimedia, audio, and images. Although a blog generally has one author (group blogs can be created), people reading a blog can comment on entries depending upon the permissions set by the blog author. A Vlog is a video blog. Vlog entries are primarily posted as videos but they can also include text, images, links, audio, etc. Like blogs, vlogs can be personal or professional in nature, they are updated on a regular basis and viewers may be able to subscribe to and comment on the entries (if this functionality is made available).

To learn more about blogs and vlogs, check out these resources:

Wikipedia entry
Includes history, types, consequences and references

UO Blogging Resources

UO Teaching Effectiveness Program Blog Overview
Excellent handout (pdf) and presentation (pdf) on blogs including suggestions for using blogs in the classroom and a bibliography of useful resources.

Teaching Writing with Blogs and Wikis - UO Center for Advanced Technology in Education
11 Lessons on what blogs are, how they are being used in education and the pros and cons of their use.

Blogging in Higher Education

Educause Learning Initiatives "7 things you should know about Blogs" (pdf)
Covers what it is, who is using it, how it works, what are the issues and how it can be used for teaching and learning. This is part of an excellent "7 Things You Should Know About" series covering new instructional technologies.

Blogs for Learning
Michigan State online resource providing "information and resources as to the technical, legal, and pedagogical aspects of blogging in the classroom".

Matrix of Some Uses of Blogs in Education
Scott Leslie (manager of BCcampus Shareable Online Learning Resources) has created a helpful matrix of some possible uses of blogs in education.

Select Higher Ed Blogs
List of select higher education blogs written by faculty, students, administrators, researchers and scholars around topics relevant to higher education institutions or courses.

10 ways to Use your Edublog to Teach
Great ideas for using blogs to teach. Somewhat geared towards K-12 but the ideas can easily be transferred to higher ed.

Participatory Media Literacy Blogging Resources
List of blogging resources created by Howard Rheingold for his Participatory Media Literacy web-based curriculum which looks at social, economic, political and cultural issues surrounding participatory media.

Vlogs (Video Blogs)

Educause Learning Intitiatives "7 things you should know about Videoblogging" (pdf)
Covers what it is, who is using it, how it works, what are the issues and how it can be used for teaching and learning. This is part of an excellent "7 Things You Should Know About" series covering new instructional technologies.