Throughout the semester, we've completed a variety of assignments in this class, from essays structured in exact ways, to more personal and opinionated pieces. One part of the class involved using a blog - first this one and then your own personal blogs - as a way to share ideas, respond to ideas, and publish our work. I hope, too, it helped you learn in a more personal way.
As you completed your final research essay, the blogs played a larger role than in any other assignment. I required that you keep track of some of your research and post regular reflections and ideas about what you had found. I asked that you hyperlink to your sources as a way to cite and acknowledge where your ideas came from. Then, when you got closer to the end of your research, I asked that you post parts of your essay on the blog, too. At all stages, I was able to post comments on your ideas and thinking. Your classmates were also able to share your ideas and leave their own comments.
Now that we're done, I'd like to hear your thoughts about our blogging. In that spirit, I assign the final blog entry of the year. Write a thoughtful, well-developed blog that answers most or all of the following prompts...
What was the most valuable part of the blogging process? How did using a blog help or not help you learn in class this semester? What is it you're most proud of that you have written on your blog this year? (Be sure to include the hyperlink to your post) What might you suggest to use blogs like this more effectively in a learning environment?