There’s been lots of talk about blogs as a “natural” tool for creating academic and social connections outside of the classroom and between students and faculty. There has also been a lot of discussion about using blogs as a way to encourage writing and “a voice”
Has anyone thought about the kinds of voices that these tools elicit from our students? Is it fair to say that the voice they use to post in their blog (and therfore the kind of language they use there) is a true indicator of their writing? Could it be that students might have a different voice on paper (i.e writing that is just between teacher and student) vs the voice that they put into their writing on a blog for all the world to see?
Yes, blogs encourage writing….lots and lots of writing. But is there depth? For some people maybe. But there will always be students for whom a blog is an uncomfortable place… how do we address that?
Are we making blind assumptions (again) about what our students will or will not like /gravitate towards/ embrace… are we assuming they are way more tech saavy than they really are?…sre we assuming that they want to be connected?… and are we mindul of the potential tradeoff between quality (depth) and quantity (shallowness) as we adopt these new tools?
Oh dear… have we been fooled again?