Ed Felton has posted a brief “Lessons Learned” from blogging last semester. I tend to do individual blogs because my classes are too big, but I’m going to try a course blog this summer and maybe in the fall (I have not yet decided).
One of the things he did was distribute weekly due dates across the week so that the blog always had fresh material. That is one of those “why didn’t I think of that” ideas, that I am looking forward to implementing.
The problem with a course blog is that when it’s over, it’s generally over, and people don’t have a personal investment in the blog. One solution to this would be to do an RSS-driven course blog, driven by posts to folks individual blogs. I like this as a general solution, but I’m not exactly sure about a couple of things.
1. Do I collect all the postings by contributors, or only those with a particular tag? The latter seems to make more sense, but then their own blogs need to be on our system.
2. Where do all the comments go? Do they end up distributed between the course blog and the individual blogs?
I have only a few days to figure this out, since we will be blogging for the summer session, starting in a few days.