THE GOOD, THE BAD...
The students in my two different classes that use blogs are getting better at the blogs and the content of them (ESL099) and getting worse--with most students ignoring the blog assignments completely (ELL101).
One advantage I have in the ESL099 class is that we have a computer lab one day a week, and so students can begin assignments or work on them some during the class. I used to have a lab for the ELL101 class, but this changed after the first or second when another class needed the room due to the students with disabilities room changes. I think that it is going to be essential in the future to be sure to have a lab one on day of the week for classes doing blogs in the future - so I will need to be sure to request this in future semesters!
My main issue for the ESL099 students is plagiarism and direct copy and pasting from the Internet, which we will address later this week. With all the great informational resources online and the limited class time the students have to complete the blog assignments, I can see why they cut and paste, but this is not acceptable and we will need to discuss the concepts behind academic integrity and the ways to avoid plagiarism.
I hope to do a blog activity this week in the ELL101 class, motive the majority of students to complete it, and then report on the activity for the next week here.
Tune in next time for another episode on How the Class was Won...