We are going to experiment with starting and maintaining our discussions in the blogosphere instead of on D2L for several reasons.
First, I think you have more control over the way you present yourself. You can personalize the “space” a bit more.
Second, I like the idea of you having something that will follow you once you leave the course. Material posted on D2L becomes an archive instead of a body of work that you can access at any time. I envision you showing off your blog at a grad school or job interview someday.
Third, I believe that all of us need to learn more about how to communicate effectively on the Interweb of tubes. Making this kind of conversation a course requirement will force all of us–me too–out of the comfort zone of Microsoft Word and D2L.
Finally, I love the idea of your friends, family, and peers being able to see the great work you are doing if you are willing to share it. I imagine some of you will link your blogs to Facebook and other social networking sites, while others will not tell a soul other than those of us in the class when you have a new post.
I do have some concerns, mainly that you will feel like you cannot say something because it will be in the public domain. If that is EVER the case, just tell me and we can revert to a more private form of communication for as long as necessary.
Here are some blogs that I think are worth checking out. You will see a diversity that I hope will inspire you.
Postcolonial Studies (and read what he has to say about learning theory!)
My diss advisor Deep Singh’s awesome blog
Sepia Mutiny (I am shamelessly linking to a guest post that I wrote. I hope you read it and then check out some of their other great archives)
So….now it is your turn. I have been told that blogger is the most user friendly place to blog. I am using WordPress because I have had a bit of experience with this kind of interface. Click here for the easy steps that will lead you to your own blog space. Let me emphasize your own…make it your own space that reflects your interests. Let me know if you have any questions….if I cannot answer them, I will ask someone who can (mainly Dr. Morris!).