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blogging in the writing classroom / end of the semester update

Blogging in the classroom is something we've talked about a lot during my time as a HASTAC scholar, so I thought I'd give a brief update on my use of a blog in a composition course this semester. While I won't do everything the same next time around -- I'll certainly have them post less and comment on other students' posts more -- in general I was happy with the results and plan on using a similar format in future courses. Blogs deterritorialize class discussion in a way I think really adds to the course; with a blog as an outlet you get more and better conversations going than you can in just a single 50-minute period. While the blogs definitely became more informal as students became more accustomed to the format -- sometimes *much* too informal, requiring minor editing and cleanup to seem "academic" -- there's something to be said for this sort of conversational atmosphere as well.

This time around the use of the blog also facilitated a final group project, a collective interview with Cory Doctorow, which came off quite well, and which I also hope to replicate with some other writer or thinker in a future course somewhere down the line. 


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