In a recent article in the Chronicle of Higher Education, Jeffrey Young discusses the merits of course blogs as an alternative to the popular course management software Blackboard. For example, he cites the customizability of blogging software and the opportunity for students to learn how to use tools they might encounter outside the university setting as reasons that faculty and students might prefer blogs to Blackboard. The article also touches on some of the advantages and disadvantages of opening course blogs to public comment.
If you would like to explore some examples of blogs used in courses at Georgetown, please visit the Georgetown University Digital Commons. If you are thinking about using a blog in your course, feel free to contact us to set up a consultation.