Challenges for Blog Analysis and Possible Solutions

  • Anh Vu Nguyen-Ngoc
  • Effie Lai-Chong Law
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 5686)


Blogs are increasingly used as an educational tool because of their ease of use for web-based publishing, enabling users to share their thoughts that invite intellectual and social discourses. Blogs are becoming a significant component of many web-based learning environments. However, there are 2 major challenges in applying blogs in web-based learning: (i) browsing/searching blog archives are technically not well supported in a learning environment in which several blogs are used by both facilitators and students; (ii) there is lack of a theoretically sound and usable blog analysis scheme to analyse blog content in order to support the evaluation of collaborative learning activities in web-based courses. In this paper, we describe some possible solutions for these challenges based on our research on web-based collaborative learning settings. Our experience of applying blogs in a web-based cross-cultural collaborative learning course is also reported.


Blog Feeding mechanism Content analysis Social network analysis Interaction patterns Collaborative learning 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Anh Vu Nguyen-Ngoc
    • 1
  • Effie Lai-Chong Law
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Computer ScienceUniversity of LeicesterLeicesterUnited Kingdom

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