[CITASA] using blogs with your courses
arobbin at indiana.edu
arobbin at indiana.edu
Wed Oct 21 14:52:11 EDT 2009
I am using google groups for the five three-person teams who are
designing and conducting a survey in my intro to research methods
course. Each team creates a group. I had the team leader add me on as a
member of the group. I only check in when asked questions and
double-check once every two days or so that everyone on a team is
participating (participation reflects 5% of their assignment grade). It
seems to be working swimmingly. Since this is the first time I have
done this (and the students know that it's the first time), I will ask
for an evaluation from the students at the end of their project. But,
thus, the informal feedback as been very favorable.
Quoting Liz <nwjerseyliz at yahoo.com>:
> My only thought is to have a separate blog for each discussion
> section...I assume with 400 students you will have discussion
> sections but maybe that's not a good assumption in these
> penny-pinching days. Then the TAs could be responsible for guiding
> students & curating their content.
> I am a big surprised to see Google Ads on your course blog. Google
> Ads are notorious for just paying pennies and it does add an element
> of commercialization to your educational offering. Are you including
> them intentionally or was the blog set up by another person? Just
> curious if it's part of the pedagogy for the course.
> Liz Pullen
> nwjerseyliz at yahoo.com
> From: Howard Welser <welser at ohio.edu>
> To: citasa at list.citasa.org
> Sent: Wed, October 21, 2009 11:49:56 AM
> Subject: [CITASA] using blogs with your courses
> Does anyone here have experience using blogs with students?
> Currently I am using a simple blogspot blog with my seminar class,
> and I feel it is working well, but many things can work ok on a small
> scale that fail horribly as they grow.
> However. . . . . . I will have 400 students in Intro to Soc winter
> quarter-- and will need to modify my strategies to adapt to the
> larger context.
> any advice and pointers are appreciated.
> Howard T. Welser
> Assistant Professor
> Department of Sociology & Anthropology
> Ohio University
> Bentley Annex 109
> Athens, Ohio 45701
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