Blogs as a Tool for CPD

Rob Charters

University of Wales Trinity Saint David, Swansea, Dynevor Campus, Swansea, SA1 3EU; robert.charters@uwtsd.ac.uk

24th March 2016

Abstract

This paper is a discussion and review on the use of weblogs as a reflective tool by educational professional.  The paper reviews the main concepts and themes of reflective blogging asking questions as to the reality of their use as a tool for Continued Professional Development.  The paper identifies areas where more research could be worthwhile.

What have I learned?  I’ve learned that there are a number of real issues with the use of the blog as a reflective tool.  I’ve learned that much of what is written in blogs – where they are used as a learning tool – is informational more than reflective.  Not as part of the research but just by talking to people about the review I was carrying out, I learned that people were frightened about the concept of a published reflective blog by which you could elicit the responses of others in order to learn develop and change you identity. This raises the issue of the trust we must put in each other in order to develop our individual professional identity and practice.  This being the case reflective blogs within a community of Practice (and trust) might work best.