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Connected Learning: Evaluating and Refining an Academic Community Blogging Platform

JEFLIS Volume 57, Number 4, ISSN 0748-5786


This study investigates the benefits of a community blogging platform for students in an online LIS program. Using a web survey and descriptive content analysis methods, this paper empirically addresses how student blogging communities can be effectively foster connections amongst instructors and students, and enhance perceptions of learning performance. Overall, students reported the blogging community and blogging assignment created a positive impact on their learning performance, particularly with productivity and competence. The positive feedback concerning usability and connections to others in the system reported lead to an overall positive perception of learning within the blogging community. Instructors seeking to create communities such as this for students should make the sites usable, customizable, and attractive.


Stephens, M. (2016). Connected Learning: Evaluating and Refining an Academic Community Blogging Platform. Journal of Education for Library and Information Science, 57(4), 295-310. Retrieved October 4, 2023 from .

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