Blogging in the Classroom

There has recently been a lively discussion on the CITASA (Communication and Information Technology section of the American Sociological Association) listserv about using blogs for teaching college-level sociology. The discussion contained a lot of practical advice as well as pedagogical insight. I started a summary of the conversation and asked those who had been a part of it to collaborate on the summary via google docs. Below is a snippet of what we came up with and a link to the whole document, which includes drawbacks, tips, and links to further information.

Why Use Blogs in the Classroom?
– Blogs empower students to take ownership over course material and find their own voice as they express key concepts and ideas
– Blogging, like ethnography, is an opportunity for students to practice the skill of communicating in public.
– Blogs are of increasing significance in the production and dissemination of information and all students can benefit from gaining literacy in the use and creation of blogs
– Creating public content can help students think more critically about how information is produced and disseminated and what qualifies as a reliable source
– Creating public content can help students who are good at critique become better at constructive practice

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If you want to be added to the ongoing conversation, email me at sargent at virginia dot edu and I’ll add you as a collaborator.

1 Comment

  1. Thanks for this important post.

    I have been working here at Penn State to try to develop an innovative approach to teaching with blogs that integrates my research into my undergraduate and graduate teaching. The key, from my perspective, is to leverage the technology to cultivate a rich community of learning.

    I talk about my approach in a blog post related to a presentation onIntegrating Teaching and Research in the Digital Area.

    In the blog associated with my courses this semester, Socratic Politics in Digital Dialogue, we have managed to blur the boundaries between Penn State and Boston College as students from a course on Ancient Greek rhetoric there engaged with my students in Ancient Greek Philosophy at Penn State on our blog.


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