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OCA encourages its students to keep learning blogs, rather than or as well as paper based learning logs. Blogs are a great way to share your learning with others, get feedback and make tentative steps towards putting your work ‘out there’ online, in the public domain. Some students prefer to keep their blogs private, providing permissions only for their tutor. This is OK of course, but it does mean a lot of the advantages of keeping a blog get lost.
When it comes to assessment the presentation of your blog is important (except for creative writing students who don’t submit a blog or log). It’s vital to make it crystal clear how to navigate around your blog, and enable assessors to lay their hands on the bits of the blog they want to see quickly and easily. This means tagging your blog by exercise, project and assignment. Some blog interfaces make tagging easy, and others simply don’t provide a tagging mechanism. Because of this, OCA is now recommending WordPress to all its students as the default software within which to blog. Please don’t panic if your blog is in Tumblr, Blogger et al, but do consider switching to WordPress on your next course.
To help you create a WordPress blog, OCASA rep Pam Wright has created a WordPress template for OCA, to provide an ideal OCA blog, with hints and tips embedded into it. This has been used by a number of OCA students already, and their feedback has been helpful in ensuring the blogging template is useful and works. Take a look at it here. You’ll find a link to it embedded in OCA’s free Induction course on the OCA student website, (An Introduction to Studying at HE) in section six Using Blogs, and there is also a link to it in the resources section of the OCA Student site as well.