I asked my students to do the survey by giving them the link in the blackboard announcement. In one class 7-8 students have done it. I have encouraged the others to do so. I will find out about the other class tomorrow.
This is a biology class where we cover a lot of material (25 chapters!). So we have to move at a very rapid pace. What I thought was to engage students in blog discussions where they could post their questions to each other and thus get help for those concepts that they could not follow in the class. So for the first week, I asked them to ask me questions in the class so that I could answer and then suggest to use blogs rather than class time for questions. But so far they have not been much into asking questions. Moreover, what seems to be another challenge is that only one student in this class has ever used a blog in the past and I will find out what it is like for the other class. This will be a big challenge to motivate them to come up with their questions and then post in blogs! any ideas?