Why Blogs Instead of Something Else?
Where the microblogging tool Twitter provides a mechanism for quick-and-short messaging, blogs invite somewhat longer responses and can support deeper reflection, discussion of pros/cons, analysis, and application of critical thinking. It is somewhat more formal and less cluttered than other technologies discussed in this book and may for some instructors provide a space in which they feel they have more control. It is easier to “contain” the course within the blog than it might be with a product like Facebook or Twitter, both prone to presenting myriad distractions for learners. Also, unlike Twitter or Facebook, blogs provide archiving, usually by month, and are searchable.