Thursday, September 13, 2007

A Blogging Good Time

It's now about three weeks into the semester and my online Art Appreciation class is well into creating their ArtBlogs. This is the first semester I've used blogging as a learning tool and I have to say, I'm pretty excited about what I'm seeing. Moving away from the dry and often redundancies of Blackboard's discussion group is allowing me to get to know my students on a new level, the weekly posts give them opportunities to reflect on their learning and ask specific questions, the images on the sites add personality and character to their thoughts, and the comments left by other students help develop a sense of community. Can this get better? I'm getting convinced very quickly that blogging has tremendous learning potential and should really be explored by more educators. Students, if you're reading, what do you think?
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