1. Mindy McAdams, the guru of online journalism education, created a terrific blogging assignment for students. I saw her blog post about it just as I was trying to come up with one for my own class. Here’s her idea:
  2. http://mindymcadams.com/tojou/2008/journalism-students-blogging-assignment
  3. She asked for suggestions about how to get students to read the blogs of their classmates. I also was trying to find a way to incorporate that into my blogging assignment as well, so I wrote this comment:
  4. Great assignment.
    I’m still struggling with an assignment addressing the same issue — getting students to read and respond to the work of their peers. I’m also still learning the technologies I’m trying to teach as well. (Thank you, Mindy, for your absolutely essential guidance!!)
    I’m still thinking it through but I’d like to find a way to create a graded assignment using peer editing.
    This is still in process but my idea is to have each student choose a classmate’s blog and write a thorough review using the rubric I provide as well as their own added criteria.
    For XX number of points they’ll write a response to the blog’s author productively assessing the blog’s content, writing, presentation, creativity, gadgetry, readability…am still coming up with this part.
    I need to build in a way to keep them from commenting mainly on the bells and whistles and not directly engaging with the content.
    Another concern is that this only requires them to read/respond to one other person’s thoughts.
    What if everybody chooses only a couple of blogs? Do I care?
    And, are their comments public? On their blogs? On Blackboard? E-mailed only to their classmate and me?
    Thanks for helping me think this through, and for the excellent model assignment you provided.

  5. August 18, 2008 at 6:11 pm