My Workshop on Teaching with Blogs and Blogging While Teaching

Today I am giving a talk/workshop on blogging for feminist teaching and research. I have decided to post it as a series of entries on this blog so that it can serve as a virtual handout for those attending the workshop and as a resource for those who couldn’t make it. Another reason I am posting this talk here is that I am experimenting with using the blog, instead of powerpoint, as the format for my lectures and talks. Some of the material in these posts has been posted on other entries on this blog.

Part One: An Introduction
Part Two: The Course Blogs
Part Three: My research/writing blog
Part Four: Tips and Things to Remember
Part Five: Some Resources

2 thoughts on “My Workshop on Teaching with Blogs and Blogging While Teaching

  1. Sara:

    I just wanted to let you know that I really enjoyed your workshop today! You were, as usual, the GWSS resident expert on blogging! I did have one question that I wanted to pose that I think might be helpful when we’re thinking about our article that we want to propose – how do we know when a course blog is successful? I think it’s partly an intuitive thing, but I think for me it’s about when the students use it without being told. ONe of my students just did that recently by posting an interesting link to an article based on a topic we discussed while going over student projects one day. In the spirit of your blog I wish I could hyperlink to it here in the comment but you’ll just have to follow the url yourself – http://blog.lib.umn.edu/creel005/gwss4108/2010/02/interesting-article.html
    I’m very proud, but I think we should think about this.

    Also, I am thinking I might write up some ideas for the abstract and email you ahead of our Thursday meeting with the points (kind of based on your presentation here) so we can have something to work off of for our abstract.

    Great job again!

  2. That is a great question! Thanks Kandace. I agree that one way you know the blog is successful is when students start using it without being told. Another way I know the blog is working is when students email me and thank for me creating blog assignments (I have actually had at least 3 people this semester do just that!) or when students admit “I used to really dislike blogs, but now I actually like them.” Other ways I know that the blog is working is when students start talking about the blog in class or commenting (even when they don’t have to) on each other’s entries/comments.

    I think your course blog is wonderful and that you are doing a great job of creating blog assignments that help students think through their writing/researching process!

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