In a class blog, students can:

  • offer reflections about a reading or assignment;
  • post news or other information relevant to the course;
  • participate in conversation or respectful debate via the comments section; and
  • engage in peer review of writing assignments and projects.

Research has shown that blogging can:

  • encourage student trust and motivation by building community;
  • promote intellectual discussion among students;
  • provide students with another forum for asking specific or complex questions;
  • improve students’ ability to critically engage with a source;
  • galvanize students to contemplate course concepts throughout the week and to make connections with non-course content;
  • emphasize writing as a crucial component of scientific thinking; and
  • highlight collaboration and peer review as an important component of scientific work.