I still think that using blogs as research journals in a freshman-level research/writing class is a good idea. I probably need to do more to convince my students of the usefulness of keeping a research journal. For my online ENGL 112 class for Mesa State College, I thought having the students read the section in the textbook about research journals would be sufficient. I probably should make the assignments more specific, too, and include assignments for reading and commenting on other blogs, both their classmates’ and others’.
A couple of students did have positive comments about using the blogs:
- “The ‘blog’ site was an excellent tool also, I liked going to my classmates ‘blogs’ and seeing what and how there research was going. I never used a ‘blog’ site before so it was frustrating at first, with time it became easier.”
- “The blog for instance helped me to organize my thoughts and go back and see some examples of what I previously was thinking of doing so that I could go back and use them.”