Mar 07 2012
Welcome, Course Developing Bloggers!
What are we doing? Why are we here?
Learning objectives for blog assignments in our workshop:
- To use social media to reflect on learning and to connect with a real audience
- Posting your blog entries is one part of what you’ll do here, but commenting on others’ posts is just as important. Who knows? You may also see comments from visiting readers, such as colleagues here at OSU, colleagues from other campuses, authors we’re discussing, or tween pop star Justin Bieber. (Well, it could happen … this is a public blog!)
- To gain experience with a common social media tool and try something that you might use in your class
- To share artifacts created for your courses
- Collaboration = Inspiration!
- To learn from each other’s reflections and creations
- Two heads are better than one!
How often do you need to blog?
- Participants will need to post two original blog entries during this six-week professional development. However, you are welcome and encouraged to post and comment on each other’s posts more often.
What are these categories and tags all about?
- Categories have been created for you and are based on the learning outcomes for our training. (Each category name is an abbreviation of a learning outcome.) Each post you write should relate to at least one of our class categories. Placing posts within categories is an organizational strategy, but it’s also a form of metacognitive reflection.
- Tags are up to you. Try to come up with at least three tags for each post. Tagging a blog post is kind of like creating an index; it helps you and others find information in the blog.
How long do blog posts need to be?
- Use as many words as you need to get your idea across. Keep in mind that blogs are not dissertations. Most blog posts are between 100 and 500 words. This one is about 300, which makes this a good place to stop!