Text Technologies Community Weblog
COURSE: ETEC 540 (Elective Course), Text Technologies: The Changing Spaces of Reading and Writing, Course Description
TYPE OF ASSIGNMENT: Individual projects gathered in a collaborative space.
To contribute to the development of the ETEC 540 Community Weblog by posting relevant items and completed assignments.
Most courses in the MET program are delivered through BlackBoard Vista. ETEC 540 used Vista as well as the UBC Blogs platform to host discussions and for students to post their completed assignments. Using the Community Weblog in the context of ETEC 540 made perfect sense as the course was devoted to analyzing how writing spaces have evolved over history. Beyond posting our completed assignments, we were required to make relevant connections between our writing and our peers’ writing in the form of links and commentaries.
- 5.1 Use multiple media for communication
- 5.2 Use multiple tools for construction and composition
- 6.3 Facilitate managing information and resources
- 6.4 Enhance capacity for monitoring progress
- 8.3 Foster collaboration and community
- 8.4 Increase mastery-oriented feedback
Before ETEC 540, I had used weblogs on an individual basis. The experience of creating a community weblog was very worthwhile as it gave us the opportunity to share and comment on our completed projects while making connections to the subject matter of the course. Using a community weblog in a classroom could benefit the students who prefer to do individual projects as it would give them a space to showcase their work while contributing to a larger, collaborative body of work. Community weblogs would also be a good starting point for teachers interested in blogging with their students in order to teach them how to navigate the weblog and to model and discuss the importance of digital citizenship.