Ainda há aqueles que consideram que a internet é apenas mais um meio de comunicação, algo como a evolução do rádio e televisão. Os blogues ainda não foram considerados como instrumento de informação, muito menos de formação. Abaixo, o exemplo bem sucedido na escola de saúde pública Harvard. Aos professores, a lembrança de que os calouros de 2009, nasceram em 1991 com um computador em casa, quando se alfabetizaram em 1996-97, a internet já era realidade e, google-orkut-msn são instrumentos ordinários na vida deles. Caberá aos mestres, a devida atualização aos tempos modernos.
Using Seminar Blogs To Enhance Student Participation and Learning in Public Health School Classes. Rose H. Goldman 1*, Amy P. Cohen 2, Fred Sheahan 2 1 Cambridge Health Alliance, Harvard School of Public Health, Harvard Medical School2 Harvard School of Public Health Objectives. We evaluated whether "seminar blogs" enhanced learning in a large graduate-level introductory public health school class. Methods. Sixty students were divided into 6 online blog groups. Students posted their assignments (case analyses, news commentaries), prompting comments from other students. Anonymous poll surveys of students were conducted at midpoint and at the end of the course. Results. Sixty percent reported that blog participation enriched their learning quite a bit, 34% a small amount, and 6% not at all; 54% said that the blogs provided opportunities to learn from classmates. When comparing writing on the blog to speaking in class, 60% found it easier, 30% about the same, and 10% harder. About 65% said that skills attained by participating in blogs were useful for current or future work. Major criticisms involved time issues. Conclusions. Small seminar blogs offer opportunities for increased student participation, interaction, and learning. To be most effective and appealing, assignments for postings need to allow sufficient time for commentary. This educational technology has potential to expand the classroom experience and is worthy of further development and testing.