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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.
outlines key ideas you should consider if you require students to blog in an open forum (i.e. without any access/privacy restrictions). As they point out, “FERPA applies only to information in the possession of the institution. This is an important point if instructors require students to post to a blog, social networking site, or any other site not affiliated with the institution.”
The following four steps can 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.
Writing Chicago, students reflect on their experiences walking Chicago and its public spaces.
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.
"Search 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.