Something Old, Something New: Reflective Journals and Social Networking
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The practice of writing journals is a tried and tested method for developing student writing skills and reflection on the process of writing. With current technology, this method can be updated and given a new dimension and achieve additional goals. Traditionally, the dialogue has been between students and the instructor; with e-learning, students can write for a larger audience and support each other through the writing process. This is particularly relevant in an online/distance education scenario in which students are physically isolated and may be studying asynchronously. It is a successful combination.