Blogs helps students formative progress by demanding students to regularly write, and by peers and trainers providing feedback in comments provided on the posts. The learning and assessment methods are made obvious, clear and visible to the community,freeing the assessment and constructing better capacity for student learning.
On the other hand, trainers and tutors need to put in a lot of time to create an online community. The pressure to monitor and motivate student's blog use is expected from the instructor as he/she need to set the pace and the manner of interaction. Plagiarism is very high because of the available information on the internet.
Using blogs (a short-term for web-blog) for assessment has far more benefits than drawbacks because collected and documented information can be used for self-analysis and reflection. The usage of blogs allows students to reflect on what to reflect on what they are learning and how they are learning. The use of blogs has been found to be an engaging and effective way to promote writing skills. (Richardson, 2006). There are numerous challenges blogs offer to assessment. It depends on internet connectivity which can be very poor or unavailable to some students, tendency to copy concepts as well as time constraints.
Blogging improves the students' writing styles and creativity. This also helps to do away with plagiarism as they only have a chance to summarize ideas. Blogs create a common goal of participation and help learners develop social skills about group consensus and compromise typing skills. It also improves logic answering of questions in terms of reasoning capacity.
Students may still try to contribute on the old topics when others are already exhausted such topic because of the slow typing speed. Other challenges may come with the technical knowledge of using computers, access to computers and the internet connectivity, bandwidth as the digital divide may also play the role.
benefits of Blogs: Free or inexpensive, many providers offer free blog services. Even with advanced features, they charge a quite affordable price. Offer an easy publishing tool for posting information as well as getting feedback to and from public. It provides collaborative learning environment and promote communication skills in some aspects. Blogs create a common goal of participation and help learners develop social skills about group consensus and compromise. Students are encouraged to being authors and develop communication skills, especially in writing and reading, while class activities take place in virtual setting rather than traditional classroom.
Challenges of Blogs: Plagiarism and copyright issues; The publishers need extra caution not only to make sure all the postings are original or the quotations from others are clearly remarked, but also for prevention from outsiders stealing their intellectual properties.
Students can contribute to a blog as members of a learning community, sharing ideas publicly. The learning and assessment processes are made explicit, clear and visible to the community, democratising the assessment and building greater capacity for student learning. With the provision of clear criteria. Feedback is integrated in the form of comments, other posts by peers and the instructor on the same blog.
Aligning the learning design with the assessment demonstrates the purpose of the blog as a whole, and of individual blog posts, as a learning tool. Without this alignment, students may lose sight of the end goal of the blog and let their contributions slide. It takes time to establish a student-centred approach to learning and assessment; for the time-deprived instructor, assessing-by-blog can seem overwhelming.
1. blogging improves the students' writing styles,creativity and it also help give them an opportunity to excel in a way that an ordinary essays do not do. this also help to do away with plagiarism as they only have a chance to summarize ideas.There is a gradual change in researching method to look for the information from different web site and improve the typing skills.It also improve logic answering of questions in terms of reasoning capacity.
Blogging offers various challenges with the typing skills and arrangement of ideas at the same time. students may still try to contribute on the old topics when others are already exhausted such topic because of the slow typing speed. other challenges may come with the technical knowledge of using computers, access to computers and the the internet connectivity, bandwidth as the digital divide may also play the role.
Benefits:Blogs ease students, formative progress towards academic reading ability and digital literacy through requiring students to regularly write, and via peers and educators providing feedback in comments on the post. students can also give their input on blogs participants of a learning community, partaking publicly. The learning and assessment processes are categorical, clear and evident to the public, causing to change the assessment and building greater capacity for students learning (University of Wisconsin, 2017).
Limitations: when one contemplate a blog activity for assessment, he/she should keep in mind the assessment design must stay in line with the learning objectives, the course content, the instructional design, the learner task as well as the instructor,s and learners, role and the technology. it is also time consuming to establish a student approach to learning and assessment (University o Wisconsin, 2017).
By using ICT in assessment has a lot of benefit like,the use of ICT can help teachers by storing and recording information about how students are developing understanding of new material; and by taking over some of the role of assessing and providing feedback to students so that teachers can focus on other aspects of supporting learning.Using a computer program both to test and give feedback to students can increase the level of performance as compared with students taking the same tests on paper. There is also some challenge when using ICT in assessment like,These ICT challenges include poor infrastructure, technological illiteracy, high costs of ICTs etc. And some are not access internet , so this make it difficult to get information on time.