[CITASA] using blogs with your courses

Samuel Tobin samueltobin at gmail.com
Wed Oct 21 15:24:08 EDT 2009

I mostly have students set up personal blogs as portfolios for the
work they did over the semester and to host any projects which we
might share.

Samuel Tobin

On Wed, Oct 21, 2009 at 2:52 PM,  <arobbin at indiana.edu> wrote:
> 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.
> Alice Robbin
> 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.
>> http://group-processes-social-change.blogspot.com/
>> 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.
>> ted
>> --
>> Howard T. Welser
>> Assistant Professor
>> Department of Sociology & Anthropology
>> Ohio University
>> Bentley Annex 109
>> Athens, Ohio 45701
>> 740.597-2722
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