Developing students as global learners: “Groups in Our World” blog

A.L. Meinecke, K. Smith, N.K. Lehmann-Willenbrock

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    Abstract

    This case study investigates the use of online blogs as a teaching tool. A collaborative blog was implemented in parallel classes on group processes in the United States and Germany. Our goal was to connect American and German graduate students by helping them to talk about group communication and meeting behaviors. Collected data included transcripts of the messages, as well as students' evaluations of the blog (collected at the end of the project). Quantitative analyses assessed students' participation rates and the content of their postings. Qualitative analysis examined the use of the blog as a teaching and learning tool. The results showed that students interacted more on the blog than was required by the instructor. Students valued blogging as a new learning experience. We discuss the pedagogical implications of blog usage for teaching about groups and provide recommendations for instructors interested in using blogs in their own courses. © The Author(s) 2013.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)428-445
    JournalSmall Group Research
    Volume44
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2013

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