Common Challenges with Blogs

Some challenges to consider when using blogs include:

  1. Ineffective contextualization: Students are unsure of the relevance of using technology to learn the course content.
  2. Unclear learning outcomes: Students are unclear as to what they are supposed to be learning in the blog.
  3. Misuse of the environment: Blogs are used as syllabi or a collection of links rather than as an introspective, individual reflective writing activity.
  4. Illusive grading practices: Students contributions improve with clear and transparent grading
  5. Inadequate time allocation: Expectations of student’s blog contributions exceed reasonable expectations for out of class learning.


Reynard, R. (2008). Avoiding the 5 most common mistakes in using blogs with students. Campus Technology. Retrieved on Mar, 2014 from

– Jennifer Rausch