Ximena and I are working with Blogger and prepping for our students to cross-post on one anothers' blogs. We are not yet sure how well it will work, but our tests look promising. They will be posting artifacts about simulation culture and then cross-posting and responding. The blog may not be the best place for this activity, but we will find out soon enough and can modify for Spring.
My 102 classes seem to be having a good time connecting with one another, but I had to take time to emphasize the importance of the blog and how much weight it carries in the class as quite a few were operating at the absolute minimum level. Their current collective assignment is HERE and have higher hopes for this one.
Next semester I need to show them sample "acceptable" entries before they get started. Also, it seems to take about three weeks for the group members to start responding to one another regularly. I am looking for a fix for that as well. I would like them to start commenting on one anothers' posts much more quickly. Perhaps if I emphasize commenting during class and actually have it as an assignment for the first few class meetings rather than just as part of their homework (especially since the 102 meets once a week).