As I recently inducted HASTAC scholar I wanted to briefly introduce myself and one of the issues in digital humanities that i'm interested in exploreing here. As my bio says, I'm a doctoral candidtate in Northwestern University's Screen Cultures Program and I'm currently teaching through the Gender Gtudies Program.
This quarter (which begins tomorrow) I'm ditching Blackboard for a Wordpress course blog, in the hopes that it will help foster more active and productive online dialog among students. In the past, I've tried to use the message board function on Blackboard, but it never really works. I think the clunky design has a lot to do with it and I'm hoping that the clean look and user-friendly interface of Wordpress will make things better.
I would love to hear about other instructors's experiences with using Wordpress or similar platforms in and out of the classroom, and I invite you all to have a look at my course site here though at the moment the section where students post content is password protected because I'm a little concerned that making that public might hinder students willingness to fully participate. I'm also curious to hear other perspectives on that.
As the quarter goes along I will update this blog with reflections on how the process is going, so stay tuned!