My classes end earlier than everyone else due to the nature of the type of class it is. In the past two semesters Fall 1 and Fall 2 I had little problem with participation in the BLOG aspect of this class. For a reason unknown to me some students seldom post. They can clearly see from their grade how this might impact them, but don't seem to mind taking a zero in the BLOG section.
On the other hand, the students who do post generate a lot of thoughts and ideas and I find their responses very encouraging. The concept of a very changing working world in the next ten years struck a chord with many of the students. The really get that the working world of no offices and working away from a office building will become the new reality.