I had an another insight at the faculty academy last month. In courses where I ask students to blog, I always set up a class blog for myself. I feel like it’s the right thing to do to model what I’m asking them to do. But, in marked contrast to my real blog here, I’ve found my class blogs to be artificial or contrived. I have to remind myself to post to them.
Is this how students feel when I assign them to blog? Is this why some of them fail to engage with it? How can I help them make a course blog a real blog? If they have a real blog, allowing them to post class assignments there might work better, but what about someone who’s never blogged before.