Tips for Teaching with Blogs

I recently gave a talk at the UIC e-Teaching Symposium sharing practical tips for teaching with blogs. Here’s the video from the session recorded on a Flip HD pocket video camera along with the interactive handout in the form of a blog at The Flip HD automatically stopped recording after 1 hour, so unfortunately the archive is missing the final 30 mins. of the talk

Teaching with Blogs: Tips and Best Practices from the Trenches from Jason Rhode on Vimeo.

Teaching with Blogs Best Practices

Blogs have become common tools for communicating and collaborating online. While setting up a blog takes only a matter of minutes, effectively incorporating blogs into online teaching requires purposeful planning and structuring of activities to leverage the power that blogging brings to the learning environment. This presentation I gave at the 2009 SLATE Conference shared the experiences of incorporating instructor and student blogs into an online course as well as practical recommendations for those considering utilizing blogs in online learning. Sample instructor and student blogs as well as activities designed specifically for blogs were reviewed.

In addition to recording the session using a FlipVideo camera and sharing via Vimeo as well as a podcast in iTunes, I also experimented with live streaming the session using Twitcam. My colleague, Stephanie Richter, moderated the live stream / Twitter comments. The interactive online handout contains all the links, screen shots, and examples that I shared and/or referenced. Enjoy!

Cite this presentation as:

Rhode, J. F., & Richter, S. L. (2009, Oct. 16). Blogger beware: Teaching with blogs best practices. Presented at the 2009 SLATE Conference, Chicago, IL

Blogs in Plain English

Ever wondered what exactly a blog is or why someone would want to use one? The folks over at CommonCraft have put together a great video called “Blogs in Plain English” that explains in 3 minutes the premise for and power of blogging.

If you like this video, you might find some of the other “Plain English” videos helpful, like: