Friday, November 11, 2011

Article on Blogs and composition

Maybe it's my contribution to the seminar. Maybe I am just thinking this topic 24/7 as I am presenting on it next week at NCTE. :) Or maybe both--nonetheless, here is an article I found interesting on blog pedagogy. Of course the writers have a particular pedagogical model in mind (what they call the agonistic classroom) and thus favor a central multi-authored blog--such as this one--over the hub models with each student having their own which most of us use in our classrooms.

Bridging the Composition Divide: Blog Pedagogy and the Potential for Agonistic Classrooms

by Janice Wendi Fernheimer and Thomas J. Nelson

Since the emergence in 1999 of online self-publishing tools such as Blogger, blogs have grown exponentially in many arenas--political reporting, private life, and education. As many readers will know, a blog (contraction of "weblog") is a web site composed of generally brief, frequent entries arranged in reverse chronological order. The convenience of easy-to-use, form-based interfaces has led to an explosion of the so-called blogosphere. As of November 2005, (a search engine that specializes in blogs) indexed 21.9 million blogs in its database, and there are estimates that 80,000 new blogs are created every day (approximately one per second) (Dyrli). Though blogs have been used in many ways, they tend to exhibit certain identifiable generic attributes, including a blurring of public and private modes of writing or behavior. This article will consider how we as writing teachers might use this new genre. We will first consider how the quasi-public, semi-private generic attributes of blogs trouble the traditional divide in writing instruction between expressivist and social constructivist theories. Then, we will discuss a model for using blogs in the writing classroom to promote intellectual community and agonistic engagement in the proto-public space of the classroom. Rather than using blogs as a tool to facilitate a type of online journaling, we will focus on the implications of using a single, multiply-authored class blog as the central interface for the writing classroom.



  1. Hi, Luke. Your blog post inspired my blog post.
    Have a great time at NCTE. Yesterday I heard Keith Gilyard (program chair) speak at City College. And that in turn inspired my blog post as well.

  2. Great article (I am in the middle of it). Could you add it to our Diigo group?

  3. Hey X, I was looking for Diigo in links but couldn't find it