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Saturday, September 15, 2007

Blogging as Part of Classroom Experience

Note: 9/17/2007 - fixed link to correct instructor's blog. Some good comments coming in.

I've received several good questions from Kirsten Morton that I'll be answering over the next few blog posts. She is a graduate student in adult education and learning technologies at the University of Colorado. This semester, one of her courses focuses on trends in eLearning and requires that each student start a blog.

It was interesting to visit her blog, the instructor's blog and some fellow student blogs:
Note: get with it Keith - you are definitely lagging the rest.

This is a GREAT educational tool to use associated with a class. I did something similar in my Collaborative Learning Using Web 2.0 Tools Class. All students were required to use blogs as the primary writing tool for assignments. Further, they were required to provide feedback via comments or blog posts on each other's work.

I like that the instructor in this class is going one step further by asking the students to network to find individuals to answer questions. This is a great way to learn how to do this outside of a class environment.


Elizabeth Clark said...

The class Kirsten is taking is one of two the instructor is teaching together. All of our blogs are linked on his: My blog for the class is at

I've been using Bloglines since last fall to keep track of the blogs I read regularly, including yours. Until this class started and I needed to keep up with other students' blogs, I probably spent about 30 to 45 minutes a day checking the ones I've subscribed to.

I've found, though, that I can't keep up with reading all the websites I've found and bookmarked at However, they're there if I need them in the future.

Anonymous said...

Hi Tony

I enjoyed following the links to the student blogs from your post. Love the fact that Kristen approached you for advice, she is really getting into blogging-- good on her.

Actually I was not so worried about Keith but was about the instructor's blog until I checked the comment here and realised he has a new blog.


Brent G. Wilson said...

Yes, I should either update that eLearning blog or delete it entirely. Students in both classes know I'm at:

Nearly everyone in class, including me, is exploring the blogging activity with a mix of curiosity and angst. Students new to the field, especially, are challenged to find good stuff to blog on; develop and present their opinions to a public forum; and develop a critical eye toward issue sin the field. That's a lot to ask of someone new to a field of study.

Still, the world is changing, and these skills of mapping a terrain are more important than ever. So we're trying to figure out how to support everyone in this public forum of discussion.