A SCHOOL professor from the University of the Philippines Open University (UPOU
) has cited the potential of blogging in distance education in the Philippines
during an international conference titled "Living in the Information Society: t
he Impact of ICTs on People, Work, and Communities in Asia."
Former UPOU Dean of the Faculty of Development Studies Dr. Paz Diaz said in her
presentation, "Blogging as a Strategy for Teaching and Learning" noted that th
e use of blogs has several advantages to both students and teachers.
In particular, Diaz said that through blogging, students and teachers are able
to share ideas and discuss topics beyond the classroom.
Students are also able to catch up on the topics that were missed in class thro
ugh blogs, which also provide accurate summaries of course content that prospec
tive students and new teachers can use as reference.
On the other hand, Diaz noted in her paper that blogging is still in its infanc
y as a tool for education. She added that teachers should be encouraged to init
iate blogging among their students.
"Some believe that blogging will be a good strategy for teaching, but are still
to take the steps toward reaping the benefits of blogging in their classes," D
Meanwhile, another paper titled "Modes of Learning and Performance Among UPOU 2
06 Graduate Students" revealed that learners of online, classroom and mix-mode
perform at the same level. It also revealed that graduate students have high sa
tisfaction with distance learning.
The study, co-authored by UPOU Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Victoria Ba
utista and UP researcher Dr. Maria Ana Quimbo, also revealed that the positive
response of students to new modes of distance education is due to teachers' ini
tiatives to interact with students as well as with their peers.