E-journals can be a very helpful resource, also known as online education journals. They address both online and regular education needs. E-journals provide a source of articles by education professionals as well as beginners in the field. “Blogs” are personal online journals where comments can be posted by students. Online classes are often assigned blogs to be used as community journals where all participants may post information.
Uses for Blogs in a University Online Course
(Source: Trimarco, R. (2004). “Use of Blogs in Online College Classes.” B. Hoffman (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Educational Technology. January 7, 2007, at: http://coe.sdsu.edu/eet/Articles/blogonlineclass/start.htm)
Blogs are used for:
* Professors to post assignments, class requirements, information, lessons, answer questions from students, and post a weekly topic for students to comment on.
* Professors and students to post articles related to the class and others respond.
* Classes to hold discussions about lectures, assigned reading, news, and projects.
* Students to post completed assignments and notes and give others feedback.
* Students to create writing portfolios.
General Uses For Blogs
Personal online journals are also used to create a forum for bloggers on which to post their opinions, review books or other sites, or upload articles. Remember that work posted on such sites may be copied and used by others illegally. Unless you paraphrase it and cite the source or quote it and cite the source, it’s not acceptable to use others’ posted information as your own.
Here are some online education sites where you can access lists of journals. In addition to the journals listed here, there are journals for nearly all universities, as well as most majors, such as nursing, technology, business, etc.
Full Text Electronic Journals in Education The Communications Among Researchers Group of the American Educational Research Association creates a list of journals that publish research in education. Find it at: http”//aera-cr.asu.edu/links.html or http://aera-cr.asu.edu/links.html.
Education Journals in the Yahoo! Directory Find education journals of all types online via the Yahoo! Directory at: dir.yahoo.com/Education/Journals/ http://dir.yahoo.com/Education/Journals/
Essays in Education publishes documents written about issues in education. The journal also will publish reviews of educational software and books, if they describe the writer’s personal experiences using the materials. Essays in Education is located at: http://www.usca.edu/essays/.
T.H.E. Journal Online: Technology Horizons in Education T.H.E. Journal Online is the best technology-based education journal. T.H.E Journal Online contains information, news, and activities related to technology in education. Its sites are: www.thejournal.com/ or http://thejournal.com/.
Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks (JALN) The Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks provides names of programs for studying online at one’s own pace and on one’s own schedule. Access it at: www.sloan-c.org/publications/jaln/ or http://www.sloan-c.org/publications/jaln/.
Information about education online can be found in online education journals. If you have experience in education or research, consider submitting an article for publication.
Using online education e-journals for research or personal education journals for blogging are common practices for students taking online education courses. If your teacher assigns blogging or research as part of your class, the tips and resources here will get you started.