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  • 5 Intelligent Questions to Ask
  • Here are 5 categories of questions good designers ask. I’m looking forward to being more self-aware of the questions I ask in the generative phase, making sure that they are diverging and not converging. I think it likely requires a little patience but I’m willing to wait for the ideas to ripen.

Blogging Benefits in the classroom

BENEFITS: Track progress: students document their own journey and become “tourists” in class. Improve articulation: by having to put into words what they are thinking they develop communication skills alongside their critical and analytical skills. Transferrable Technical Skills: students learn how to design websites by becoming familiar with an CMS platform, WordPress. Reputation building: by […]

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BENEFITS:

Track progress: students document their own journey and become “tourists” in class.

Improve articulation: by having to put into words what they are thinking they develop communication skills alongside their critical and analytical skills.

Transferrable Technical Skills: students learn how to design websites by becoming familiar with an CMS platform, WordPress.

Reputation building: by putting their thoughts into the world, they increase their chances of making a name for themselves.

External Networking: following on from the previous benefit, they also are able to more easily connect with the “outside world” and exchange ideas with people in their field of study.

Peer-to-Peer Networking: students start sharing with—and teaching—each other.

 

BENEFITS TO LECTURERS AND UNIVERSITIES:

Free and Open: No cost, non-proprietary LMS (wordpress.com).

Student Feedback: Learn what students think of specific lecturers and gain an understanding of what concept were or weren’t understood.

Reputation Building: as students talk about their experiences at the university, they are promoting it.

Personal Reputation Building: this is a dissemination tool for a lecturer’s own research and teaching practice.

Teaching Archive: future students can look at past blog posts and this can be built into the teaching.

Gathering Resources and Maintaining Currency: as students share what they find online related to a topic discussed in class, it’s easier to learn what is out there and what the students are interested in.

Data for Research: Because this is an archive of student’s learning it is a treasure trove of information.

Alumni Connection: students can look back on their own blogs or read the blogs of current students and relate to them and feel connected with the university.

 

CHALLENGES AND BEST PRACTICE:

It’s a public domain. Once something is published it can’t be revoked.

Technical Obstacles: This is improving year-on-year, both with the technology being more user-friendly and students being more adept.

Marking and reading blog posts is time consuming.

Links outdate, images disappear.

 

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