Developing students as global learners: “Groups in Our World” blog
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This case study investigates the use of online blogs as a teaching tool. A collaborative blog was implemented into the course curriculum in parallel classes on group processes in the United States and Germany to connect American and German graduate students and to provide an opportunity to talk about group communication and meeting behaviors. Collected data included transcripts of the messages as well as students’ evaluation completed at the end of the project. Quantitative analysis assessed students’ participation rates. Qualitative analysis examined the use of the blog as a teaching and learning tool. Results showed that students interacted more on the blog than required by course criteria. Students valued the format of blogging as a new learning experience. We discuss pedagogical implications for the use of blogs as a tool for teaching about groups and provide recommendations for instructors interested in using blogs in their courses.