Class Blog

January 13, 2004

I am fine tuning my syllabus for this semester, and I am trying to decide if I want to create a blog for the class.

The big question is what would I use the blog for. I normally set up a web page for my classes with the syllabus, exam study questions, and paper topics on it. I have been writing up class sessions from my perspective on this blog, if nothing else to help me figure out what to do next.

What I imagine doing is actually pretty boring: put up a blog to use to share class skeleton outlines, and a couple of paragraphs about what I thought we covered, and as a place for students to comment.

On the one hand, I don't want to spoon-feed them the notes: taking notes is part of what we learn in college and take into the working world. On the other hand, I rather liked writing up my classes and I suspect that the kids would also like to see the writeups.

In my experience at Southern Research University, the good students will find the class web page and read the professor's outline, the weak students will flake out and go play games.

What the heck, I want to try it and adjuncting is the right place. Time to set up a new blogspot and see about getting ftp access to an account on Suburban Comprehensive University's web server.

Blogs, a wonderful place for a think piece.

ps, any suggestions on how to use blogs as courseware?

Posted by Red Ted at January 13, 2004 10:47 AM | TrackBack