We’re pleased to announce that the Digital Commons blog tool is going strong. During this fall semester alone we have 13 faculty members who have created blogs for their respective classes in a wide variety of disciplines. Ranging from theology to English, from CCT to the School of Foreign Service, blogs are being employed across the curriculum. This bodes well for the Spring semester, when the Digital Commons tools will be officially rolled out. Some professors require blog posts weekly or bi-weekly for a grade, whereas others continue to use the blog for an additional space for voluntary interaction and discussion among the students–both viable and productive ways of utilizing this new tool.
Three of our own CNDLS staff members use blogs in their classes; Eddie Maloney and Randy Bass in their graduate English courses, “Reading Joyce and Woolf” and “Approaches to Teaching Writing,” respectively, and John Rakestraw has chosen to employ a blog in his theology class, “The Problem of God.” Check the blog soon for updates on the progress of these great class blogs.
In addition to English and theology, professors Dennis McAuliffe and Lioudmila Fedorova have decided to use the blogs to supplement foreign language and culture learning in Italian and Russian, while Michael Coventry has used a blog for two of his CCT classes, and Kai-Henrick Barth has chosen a blog for his “Unconventional Weapons Technology” class.
Take a look at this comprehensive list of class blogs for a demonstration of class blog possibilities:
CCTP 704: Gender, Sexuality, and the Body – Michael Coventry
CCTP 787: Designing Interdisciplinary Research – Michael Coventry
ENGL 043: Culture Between Criticism and System – Andrew Rubin
ENGL 645: Reading Joyce and Woolf – Eddie Maloney
ENGL 722: Approaches to Teaching Writing – Randy Bass
ITAL 375: Boccaccio – Dennis McAuliffe
LSHV 704: Founders Watch Blog – Charlie Yonkers
RUSS 313: Advanced Oral Expression – Lioudmilla Fedorova
SEST 555: Unconventional Weapons Technology – Kai-Henrik Barth
STIA 352: Journalism in Science, Environment & Health – Vincent Kiernan
THEO 001: The Problem of God – John Rakestraw