During this break time, I have been brainstorming ways to make the blogs more interactive and appealing, particularly for my ELL101 class, where only half of the students are really posting the required assignments. Here are my ideas thus far:
- Showcase good/interesting posts during class
- Post more comments from me on the student blogs (I have refrained from this, in part, because I wanted Ss to post on one another's blogs, and any comments from me would have most likely halted others' comments if done too early)
- Add more interesting content to the blog to draw students' attention to it, in general
- Threaten students with grades! (The blog is actually listed on the syllabus as 20% of the grade for the ELL101 class, and I have already pointed this out more than once!)
I would appreciate any other ideas anyone else has regarding motivating students to participate more on the blog!