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As with any reflective learning tool, there is no hard and fast way to assess work. However, there are two main approaches to blog assessment: you can assess individual entries or blog assignments or blogging activity as a whole using a rubric. You can also incorporate your assignment prompt and grading rationale into your blog.
Kevin Smith, an expert on privacy and scholarly communication at Duke,
outlines four steps you should undertake if you require students to blog in an open forum (i.e. without any access/privacy restrictions). As he points out, “When we want students to post directly to publicly accessible blogs, it is not certain that those student works ever actually become ‘educational records’ under the law because they are never ‘in our keeping.’”
However, Smith argues that the following four steps should be taken to mitigate any potential privacy concerns:
Additionally, avoid giving specific feedback to students in a public manner: that would likely be considered a FERPA violation because you’d be disclosing information that could be classified as educational records.
Associate Professor Matt Ragas (Communication) has his students enrolled in his Corporate Communication Course
blog about different aspects of corporate communication that appear in the news.
DePaulInterns.org. Students enrolled in Marketing 393 for their Junior Year Experiential Learning requirement reflect on their daily experiences working as interns.
A couple examples of specific blog assignments can be found from the University of Texas’
Digital Writing and Research Lab:
Deng, L., & Yuen, A. (2009). “Blogs in Higher Education: Implementation and Issues.”
TechTrends, 53(3), 95-98
Deng, L., & Yuen, A.. (2011). “Towards a Framework for Educational Affordances of Blogs,” Computers & Education 56(2), 441-451.http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.compedu.2010.09.005
Rotolo, Anthony. (2012). “How to Write an Effective Blog Post.” Information Space. Syracuse University.
"Tag Archives: Student Blogging."
The Chronicle of Higher Education.
DePaul offers a university-supported blogging system powered by WordPress available to departments, faculty, staff and students.