- reflect on course content in writing in a formal and semi-formal manner;
- develop and share your ideas with an audience that is not limited to your instructor;
- learn about the ideas of your classmates and your tutor;
- comment on the ideas of others; and
- refine your writing skills.
- allowing you to connect with classmates and your instructor outside of class;
- encouraging you to ask questions, give opinions and share information;
- and helping you better understand the role of social media in shaping effective communication within the academic community.
- To create your own blog website, go to http://www.blogger.com/, www.wordpress.com or any other blog site. At these sites, follow the instructions to create your own site. To make your site recognizable to classmates, your site address could have your given name and family name (or nickname).
- Once you have created a blog for our course, within that, you can eventually begin to post responses to assignments. The title of your course-related blog might be something like “EAP” or “ES1102.”
- Eventually, send your blog address to me and to the classmates. They will post links to your blog and that of other classmates on their own blog.
- Stage One: Having setting up your blog, read the blog assignment for the first post (see schedule on the course website), and write a response of 150 to 200 words, preferably as a word document. Later you can copy and paste this doc into the new post section of your blog.
- Stage Two: Publish your post on your blog by the assigned date.
- Stage Three: Access the blogs of at least two other members of your blogging group, and read their posts for the same topic/assignment. After reading each post, leave a comment. In your commentary, you might answer questions such as these: What do you think about the post? Is the language clear? How about the content? Is the content impressive or not? Is it related directly to the assignment? Is the content clear, concise, coherent, cohesive? Is the answer complete? Are you in agreement or disagreement with any opinions stated? Is the writer courteous (and are you)? Once you have reacted to the posts of at least two members of your blogging group, you can visit and comment on the blogs of other classmates.
Pay close attention to your language use. Remember, a blog is a form of publishing, and when and if you present your ideas in public, it is advisable to present them in a clear, grammatically accurate fashion. You should also use a tone that, while not as formal as that of a formal letter or official written report, should still adhere to standards for courtesy, correctness, conciseness, clarity, coherence/cohesion, concreteness and completeness, the so-called 7Cs of good writing.
- Stage Four: Return to your post to see what commentary has been left. Follow that up, if you like, with comments back to your readers.
reading. Post this on your blog by Monday afternoon of E-learning Week.