raj boora on course blogging

Raj Boora just posted some thoughts on setting up a courseblog with a prof., and they echo many of the same things I've found on my campus: let's understand that students are as likely to be blogging for the class as they are to be pulling their own teeth – they are going to do it because they need to. You might get the odd student who is really digging it and wants to keep reflecting on it once the class is over, but for most, like pulling teeth, they are only going to jump the hoop once....

August 9, 2010 · 3 min

irrational objection to the wild, wide open?

[Stephen responds](http://www.downes.ca/cgi-bin/page.cgi?post=52960) to my previous [post on classblogs](https://darcynorman.net/2010/07/22/on-private-classblogs-vs-the-wild-wide-open/): > My first reaction (as I'm sure it is for many) is that we shouldn't compel them to do anything. But when you ask the question in the context of formal education, you begin to see how ridiculous it is. Is there anything in education that isn't compelled? Participation is enforced to the age of 18, college and university courses typically have requirements for graduation....

July 26, 2010 · 3 min

on private "classblogs" vs. the wild, wide open

This post has been percolating for a while, but was finally pulled out by a post from [Stephen Downes](http://www.downes.ca/post/52942), linking to [a post from Lisa Nielsen](http://theinnovativeeducator.blogspot.com/2010/07/just-say-yes-to-publishing-exposing-man.html). Most of the blogs set up on UCalgaryBlogs aren't fully public - many allow anyone to see the content, but block search engines. But, many others are restricted to only allowing members of that site to access the content. Initially, this bothered me. People weren't seeing the Power of Being Open....

July 22, 2010 · 4 min