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General information
.Level (age of students) HE, Students : (ages between 19 and 45) with some adults returning to education
.Discipline / subject / course Education Bachelor's degree
.Number of participants 31 and 19
.Category of the tool Blog
.Tool / resource Blog wordpress
.Country France
.Language of the tool or resource French
.Time plan start date 21/09/2012 (ifrst experience) 23/01/2013 second experience
.Time plan finish date 23/01/2013 - 30/04/2013
.Did you use an example scenario from the initial phase of the eLene2learn project as an inspiration? Yes
.If you have used an example scenario from the initial phase of the eLene2learn project as an inspiration please identify the name of the scenario blog
.Scenario link LINK
Specific information about given case
.Aim To support learning activities, to facilitate communication in learning situation, to allow the exploration of a field of knowledge, a better transition between high school culture and academic culture, to use different media (text, video, film, references ...),
to provide a stimulating and interactive teaching, to strengthen the sense of commitment to a group of learners and develop communication between students
to reduce the symbolic distance between teacher and students (closer to the technological culture)
.Objectives • To provide an extended support for learning
• To provide the opportunity to explore a research perspective
• To develop referencing skills
• To provide the opportunity to reflect in class by avoiding excessive taking notes in class
• To provide an effective on-line community
• To build self-confidence
• To develop critical thinking
• To develop a sense of community between peers.
• To encourage learning to learn by providing additional activities
• To develop commitment vis-à-vis the group and class
.Learning to learning (L2L) competences to be achieved ○ communication (reading / writing )
○ self-regulation
○ self-assessment
○ collaboration
○ self confidence
○ being creative
○ thinking, problem-solving
.Proposed activities To introduce five different and complementary activities to students (Bachelor's degree) .
These five activities will be supported through the use of my blog:

1) access to course content with its references
2) access to additional sources to explore an area of academic knowledge
3) comment on the sources and documents
4) to develop academic referencing skills
5) to develop collaborative work with other students
.Pedagogical approach taken Each course begins with a discussion on the content of the blog
Students ask questions and comment the blog (last post)
I try to propose a collaborative work between the groups using the blog
The feed-back of students help improve the blog
The idea is to feel the blog as a common place (community) and to develop a sense of belonging to this space
All students must go to the blog to find information on my courses, references, photos, videos and documents
.Methods of evaluation  collective and individual interviews will be conducted ethnographic among students at the end of the year
 An analysis of the activities actually carried out on the blog will be made at the end of the year.
 I realize a research journal noting daily observations
 The working group on critical reflection on the use of the blog / blog evaluation
.Ethical statement Each session, We talk about the use of my blog and their wishes and critics.
They also write me (private message) to ask questions or request additional information. With their agreement, I answer questions on my blog.

They can add anonymous comments
Evaluation of the outcomes and impact for learners (summaries of feedback)
(with particular attention paid to the initial aims and objectives of the implementation plan and the key competencies developed)
.Summary of student feedback - Usage (max 200 words) According to statistics of my blog, each student is connected at least 1 time per week on the blog (average 4)
The students used the blog regularly
Similarly, those who were missing use the blog to update and participate in learning activities
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For them, blog is an interactive learning tool
The blog allows them to have permanent access to content
Adults (over 35 years) are more difficult to use the blog. For them it is an unusual tool. Some prefer "paper document" or a book instead of PDF or Word documents.
They asked to update my Blog after each course
Access to the teaching text (content of my courses) or additional documents are the most popular.
Collaborative work (preparing a collective homework) is a little less used.
Distance learning has become easier
Some asked a more interactive blog and more activities (forums, videos ...)
.Summary of student feedback - Benefits (max 200 words) Students often appreciate the complementary learning achieved through the blog
"openness to students" and "freedom in learning", "clear goals", "clear standards", "clear assessment procedures"
"more communication between teachers and students", "The learning time is extended out of classroom", "I could choose things to learn and have more freedom in their learning",
"I could often follow up interesting information and theories mentioned in Blog
I had to always concentrate on trying to get a really full set of notes in lectures, The blog allows me to listen more and speak in class because the content is on the blog.
I can organize better my learning time and activities
The Blog offers another type of communication more interesting and easier
The blog gives me an overview of education and a broader view of knowledge
The blog offers greater freedom of learning, the student feels better at the university compared to high school
The blog gives us more confidence to learn and understand why we learn at university
With the blog, I feel less pressure on me. I feel sometimes that the teacher is available all the time.
.Summary of student feedback - Development of competencies (max 200 words) • self-assessment
• self-regulation
• thinking, problem-solving and decision making
• being creative
• communication (reading and writing)
• collaboration
• motivation and confidence
.Summary of student feedback - Supporting transition (max 200 words) Two types of transitions are identified: the first transition for adult students who return to study. These students often come directly after a work experience in the third year of university. They are often weakened by their situation and need special support to learn and do their homework. In the class, I asked the younger working with these students and I try to spend more time with them. I show them how they can improve their learning using the blog.
The teacher must accompany the students to the use of an ICT tool so that it becomes a "normal", everyday practice. The teacher should discuss with them regularly to understand their "technical difficulties" and "psychological" and "symbolic" barriers. It takes a "human" mediation to familiarize adults with ICT.
The second transition is about the students that have followed a short training (2 years) and continue their studies at university. This group of students that come more and more to university is often not familiar with academic learning. For these students, often in difficulties, the blog is an important aid to better learn and understand the academic rules
.Summary of student feedback - Challenges or barriers (max 200 words) It should systematically encourage more "fragile" students to go and visit the blog.
The most active students go regularly on the blog, but most "fragile" (adults, weak students, some foreign students, students came from short vocational training to University ...) are most marginalized and tend to use less Internet tools & technology).
There is also a minority that is ideologically pessimistic about the use of new technologies. In their value system, they sometimes refuse too much technology, especially in education.
Some (a small minority) told me: "the use of Internet in education is a regression, new technology kills human relationship ...
The teacher should always discuss these pessimistic students because they risk being marginalized
.Summary of student feedback - Improvements that can be made to the activity or the application (max 200 words) Give greater importance to students (taking into account their views, their needs)
Improve the quality of presentation
Make a regular Evaluation with students
Increase collaborative homework and
Try to add more interactive tools
.Summary of tutor observation - Usage (max 200 words) they can work on their course everywhere even in bus, or train
Some of them consult 5-6 times a week the blog, il takes a lot of time (for teacher), I have to go on my blog all the time
Some "shy" Students asked their questions directly on blog and become more active
With the blog, they focus more on the content of course
The courses are more interactive and student participation increases significantly
Students ask more questions to better understand the concepts and theories
Students are more active and interactive in class.
As a teacher, I felt closer to my students
The learning and teaching time was not limited to classroom courses.
It means that the academic environments provided by teacher have direct effects on students' approaches to studying
.Summary of tutor observation - Benefits (max 200 words) The blog facilitates their access to information
The blog allows them to explore an area of knowledge
The blog broadens their vision
the course is more interactive
with different sources (videos, texts, sound) learning becomes more attractive
They change the way of learning
They develop their sense of self confidence
find all the content in the blog
I observed a gradual change in students' approaches to learning and studying , The resources offered by the blog tend to help deep approach in learning
Blog experience shows that the academic environment may be expected to interact with the individual characteristics
.Summary of tutor observation - Development of competencies (max 200 words) • self-regulation
• self-assessment
• thinking, problem-solving and decision making
• ability to handle obstacles and change
• being creative
• communication (reading and writing)
• collaboration
• motivation and confidence
.Summary of tutor feedback - Supporting transition (max 200 words) The transition does not have the same meaning in each student group.
For adult students, the transition is a little more complex. They sometimes tend to resist to abandon their culture and to experiment a different way of learning.
There is also a real resistance to change and vis-à-vis the technological culture. They tend to underestimate the importance of ICT in university learning and inclusion at the University.
Mediation of the teacher is essential to reduce the cultural gap that experience these students.
This requires an ongoing dialogue with these students. The effective use of a teaching tool involves a reciprocity of perspectives between the learner and the teacher.
The blog should not become an object of segregation between students who use ICT easily and fluently and those who are reluctant and not in favor of this cultural transformation.
The transition of students who have already done a short training (2 years) and who enroll in university to continue their studies is less problematic. They do not often refuse ICT. For them, the blog is an excellent way to reduce the gap with the academic culture and learn to learn differently. The main challenge for these students is to decode the academic learning and develop a positive attitude and a self-confidence.
.Summary of tutor observation - Challenges or barriers (max 200 words) The transition does not have the same meaning in each student group.
For adult students, the transition is a little more complex. They sometimes tend to resist to abandon their culture and to experiment a different way of learning.
There is also a real resistance to change and vis-à-vis the technological culture. They tend to underestimate the importance of ICT in university learning and inclusion at the University.
Mediation of the teacher is essential to reduce the cultural gap that experience these students.
This requires an ongoing dialogue with these students. The effective use of a teaching tool involves a reciprocity of perspectives between the learner and the teacher.
The blog should not become an object of segregation between students who use ICT easily and fluently and those who are reluctant and not in favor of this cultural transformation.
The transition of students who have already done a short training (2 years) and who enroll in university to continue their studies is less problematic. They do not often refuse ICT. For them, the blog is an excellent way to reduce the gap with the academic culture and learn to learn differently. The main challenge for these students is to decode the academic learning and develop a positive attitude and a self-confidence.


Acceptance by all students the idea of this blog and its educational value,. Many believe that the Internet is useful for access to information and communication. But sometimes they do not believe in the pedagogical and educational use in a course, this barrier is psychological
Adults students (+35 years old) resistant to the use of Internet. They are not sometimes very open to learning activities on the internet. They prefer a traditional approach, a teacher who provides knowledge directly through a speech.
To run a blog, it must develop and maintain a pedagogical scenario and a style of teaching. Combining distance learning and classroom teaching is not always easy. The teacher should consider the interactions and complementarities
With the blog and Internet activities, students become more demanding, The teacher must devote more time to teaching and communicate with students
Use a technology tool in a normal course increases substantially the time teaching job.
.Summary of tutor observation - Improvements that can be made to the activity or the application (max 200 words) Try adding more interactive tools and activities
Reflect on a more active role of students. They should become more involved in this activity
Update the blog more regularly
Reflection and recommendations regarding the activity and approach used by the teacher, tutor or trainer
.What worked well? (max 250 words) The activities and the documents
All the students use the blog (average for 12 weeks, 50 visits per person or visits per person and per week), in fact, the blog has become accepted and shared activity and a true educational tool
The blog has become a tool for learning and participation, but there is an active group and a passive group (minority)
Students are often very interested in the activities proposed by the blog. For them, the blog facilitates their work
There is more dialogue (direct classroom / indirect distance blog) between the student and the teacher
Students tend to develop an open and comprehensive approach to learning.
The collaborative work between students working more or less. They can contact outside of class
.What would be done differently? (max 250 words) I should do a collective assessment (with students) of the action
Do not put too many documents, students will sometimes feel "invaded" by the blog
In the blog, it lacks an interactive and open space for students to dialogue (forum)
To offer Regularly activities to keep the interest of the blog and develop generic skills such as self-regulation and self-learning
To offer more collaborative activities among students to achieve the educational objectives
.Recommendations for other practitioners who may consider using this approach (max 250 words) We should discuss each week with students to understand their use and needs
The teacher must regularly update the content of the blog, this is the way to maintain the interest of the group and turn the blog into a shared teaching tool
We should not think that students have an infinite time to stay on the blog, we must choose the most interesting documents and show them how to explore elsewhere
All students are not interested in the blog (or similar activity) in the same way. Some students are active and participate in activities. There is also a passive group (for different reasons). The teacher should avoid marginalizing passive students. The passive group is composed of students 'fragile', (adults, weak students, some foreign students ...)
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