Next semester, I’m going to teach a souped-up version of my Travel Literature course, and I’m interested in using student blogs as a major assignment.
Here’s my idea: I’d like to organize my students into “blog circles” of 6-8 people, and have them keep individual blogs and respond to each other. I have two possible approaches: either I’d like them to keep a semester-long “travel journal” in which they write about their ordinary lives as though they were visiting tourists, or I’d like them to use their blogs much as they would use reading journals, to respond to their texts etc. I guess I would keep a blog as well, although I haven’t clarified my own role yet.
I have no idea how to set up a blog network of this complexity, and am technologically inexperienced (I haven’t even figured Power Point out yet), so I’m a bit nervous that I’m biting off more than I can reasonably chew. Also, my experience with out-of-the-box projects is that they always go badly the first semester, so I’m prepared for this one to be a disaster the first time around.
However, I’m still up for it, but I need advice. Does anyone do these sorts of activities with their classes? Do you know of hosts that are specifically set up for student blog projects? Do you have suggestions for making such a project run smoothly? Any and all advice would be much appreciated.