Title

Study Abroad Blogs as Reflective Learning Tools

Publication Date

1-1-2008

Degree Name

MA in International Education

First Advisor

William Hoffa

Abstract

This paper examines the relatively new phenomenon of study abroad blogs and analyzes the potential of using them as reflective and interactive learning tools for the students who write them. Data were gathered through surveys of administrators in the field of international education about attitudes and practices relating to study abroad blogs. Surveys were also administered to student bloggers to gain insight into why they chose to blog and whether they were open to using their blogs in ways conducive to learning. In addition, existing study abroad blogs were analyzed and rated for reflectivity and interactivity, to determine the extent to which they already were being used in such ways. The study yielded a variety of interesting results, which led to several recommendations for the ways that administrators think about and implement blogs.

Disciplines

Instructional Media Design | International and Comparative Education

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