This course will help you learn how to use blogging as an instructional tool. It is appropriate for K-12 educators as well as those who work with adults and/or in higher education. You will learn the benefits if using blogs with your students and the steps you need to think through for implementing blogging in your class. I have broken down all the necessary steps for you and provided you with a copy of the written directions I give my own students for your use. Additionally, I will share with you management tools you need in order to keep up with students posts and comments.
Provides a rationale for why you should consider using blogging with your students and how it can benefit them.
Learn what the terms interactivity and connectivity mean and how they are relevant to blogging.
How can blogging disrupt traditional patterns of teaching and learning?
Learn how blogging can make knowledge development public and a more authentic experience for your students.
You will have to decide what platform to use for your students' blogs. Here I go over some of the things you need to consider when making this decision.
Should blogs be public or private? What does that mean, and what are the consequences?
You will want to discuss with your students what information they should consider keeping private.
How often should your students post? What are the most important things you need to consider in relation to having your students post?
What should students write about? What are three key elements for them to focus on in their writing?
Think through how often you want students to leave comments on each other's blogs.
Help your students learn how to write good comments.
Learn some basic tools that will make it easy to keep up with the work your students do.
How do you evaluate blogs? How do you assign grades?
Dr. Leigh A. Hall is an Associate Professor of Literacy Studies at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She began publishing academic manuscripts during her second year as a doctoral student at Michigan State University. By the time she earned her Ph.D., Dr. Hall had five manuscripts published or in press. To date, she has published 26 manuscripts in top-tier academic journals including The Harvard Educational Review, Teachers College Record, and Research in the Teaching of English. Dr. Hall has extensive experience in writing, publishing, and reviewing manuscripts and in working with novices in learning how to navigate the publishing process.