Blogging, as opposed to writing scholarly academic essays, is more applicable to everyday life, builds technology literacy skills, creates a positive online presence, and can have a more tangible effect on a students’ professional career (e.g. they are referenced by colleagues over social media, invited to conferences, etc.). By blogging, students advocate for what they know and for their program by keeping it relevant!
In the example(s) below, the Forums/ asynchronous discussion aspect of the course was captured in either a private blog, a blogging space within OWL, or a public facing blog hosted on WordPress.
Example: Public Facing Blog (WordPress)
Description of how/why students used the blog:
In taking the lead for a week on the Blog the responsibilities are threefold:
- Read and synthesize the readings from the week, then;
- Critically respond to the Big Ideas by creating a Blog post in the first person that should include images and links to other, related ideas in a way that furthers the discussion and invites a response; and
- Respond to the posts of your colleagues to clarify, elaborate, or refine the discussion as needed.
Setting up the blog:
The Instructor set up a single blog space and gave all students the blog password and username. Students identified themselves on the blog using their initials ONLY as the blog is public-facing (to maintain student privacy). Students were scaffolded into using the blog format by first using the Forums to practice. Student blog leaders were assessed and times/ subjects were assigned using the Forums tool. Students could also collaboratively host the blog for the week. Students were expected to post no later than Monday morning during their week to “host” the blog and were expected to respond to commenters throughout the week. The blog replaced the Forums space in the course.
Ask your Instructional Designer about setting up a WordPress blog for your course!