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It's a pretty light treatment, but nonetheless a sign of the wave of research that will show that blogging has beneficial effects in learning. The article describes "preliminary findings of PhD research by Anne Bartlett-Bragg, a lecturer at the University of Technology, Sydney... '[The students] are thinking more critically,' she says. 'They are learning to be responsible and they're communicating outside the boundaries of the classroom and the institution, and they like that.'" In my view, what makes the difference between blogging and other sorts of journaling is the audience. As Bartlett-Bragg says, "They get such a buzz when they make a comment on another person outside the boundaries of the institution and that person responds, or even gives them some further reading."

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