Wednesday, October 13, 2010

In-class and intra-class blog interactions

After having gone both through the experience of students commenting on each other's blogs and commenting on another class, the latter wins hands down. I now wish I had videotaped how serious the students were when they were responding to Ximena's class. The set up I gave them (this is an ENA 99 class, they need your feedback) make them see it as a real contribution and not a jump through hoops. On the other hand while there is a good chunk of people who take commenting on their classmates seriously as well, there seem to not do it with the same urgency.

Since we just had an English department meeting where we were discussing the value of classes of students with a range of abilities, I am starting to think that this may be where networked composition classes can really benefit students. 


  1. I swear, I am absolutely SOLD on networked writing classes. Of course the process is super rough right now, but as we get the hang of it, it could be REALLY good for all students involved.

    There is just something about the distance that works to our advantage.

  2. My efforts in the past at asking students to comment on their classmates' work yielded a similar feeling of hoop-jumping. It's interesting to hear that they take to the task more seriously when the commenting goes across class lines. I wonder why that is?

  3. You know, there is this great interview with Sherry Turkle for PBS's Digital Nation

    where she speaks of how technology makes it easy for us to have superficial relationships--it removes us from the "messiness" of dealing with other people. Example: hard to break up w/someone face to face; easier by phone; easiest via e-mail or a text.

    I think that this remove can work the other way in more serious or professional settings--since our students have not met the students from the other class, they feel anxious to present themselves in a good light because they do not know what to expect...