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A Better Blogging Assignment

Circle of Life

[This entry is crossposted from 2012 THATCamp CHNM, where I recently organized a session devoted to designing a better blogging assignment. This session generated many ideas, and I imagine its pedagogical goal is relevant to many ProfHacker readers. And so I welcome your thoughts and suggestions here.]

I’ve got a pedagogical problem and I want you to help me.

I’m sick of student blogging.

This confession probably sounds strange coming from me, a vocal advocate for using blogs in the classroom, …


An Audience of (N)one

audienceStudents, when asked to write the typical term paper or research paper, know that they are writing for an audience of one: their professor or TA. I have the suspcion that many students assume their professor or TA barely reads the paper, if at all: an audience of none.

On the other hand, professors and TAs often lament that some students’ writing is barely readable, even though students are often admonished to write for the general educated reader, whoever that may be.

Poor writing is to be expe…


Keeping Up With Online Assignments and Grading

Busy!One of the best parts of of being a union president is that you get invited to new faculty orientation and similar events every year, so you get to meet new colleagues from all over campus. This year, at lunch, the topic of discussion at my table eventually turned toward learning management systems vs. roll-your-own assignments. New part-time faculty often have the experience of having to juggle multiple LMS platforms–one for each campus or system–every semester, which isn’t fun or efficient.



Making Student Blogs Pay Off with Blog Audits

Various IRS Tax Forms Last month I introduced a simple 5-point rubric for evaluating class blogs. I mentioned then that grades are a (superficial) way to let students know what we value. But how do we get students to realize what they themselves value? How do we get students to think about their blogging as something other than work for a grade?

I’ve been experimenting with an activity that aims to do exactly this, an activity that can potentially redefine a student’s entire relationship with blogging. The activity…


A Rubric for Evaluating Student Blogs

A wall calendar full of informationThe pedagogical value and the challenges of integrating student blogging into your teaching is a recurring topic on ProfHacker. Some of our earliest posts dealt with student blogging, and we have revisited the issue frequently. Most recently, Jeff and Julie wrote about that age-old question—How are you going to grade this?—when it comes to evaluating classroom blogs. Jeff and Julie offer a number of fantastic pointers, and they also refer to a blogging rubric that I use in my own teaching. I’ve …


‘How are you going to grade this?’: Evaluating Classroom Blogs

blogging tips[Editor's Note: This post was written jointly by Jeff McClurken and Julie Meloni.]

Several of us at ProfHacker incorporate blogs into our pedagogy, and we have written on a range of course blog-related issues such as “Integrating, Evaluating, and Managing Blogging in the Classroom” (Julie) and “Tools for Managing Multiple Class Blogs” (Amy) among many others. In this post we (Jeff and Julie) will offer a few specific tips for evaluating course blogs and addressing the common question “how are yo…


Integrating, Evaluating, and Managing Blogging in the Classroom

Some examples of course blogs. (See more at http://umwblogs.org/courses/)

In a previous Prof. Hacker post, Jason Jones linked to Hillary Miller’s “Lessons from a First-Time Course Blogger”, which contains great advice such as making sure not to forget about the blog and not assuming students know everything about technology. This advice (and do read Miller’s entire post for an honest description of some lessons learned) meshes quite nicely with the roles of role model, tech support, and cheerleader we should play when implementing technology in the classroom.

But …