Many schools around the country are trying to form policies on blogging in the classroom. Some schools are just banning blogging altogether. LLU #15 brought some folks together from a variety of schools (and jobs within those schools) in order to talk about the educational mission that edublogging may serve, but also, in this age of FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) and DOPA (Deleting Online Predators Act), what we need to know before we ask our students to blog.
Simply put: how –do– schools create policies for the use of these tools that keep students (and institutions) safe and yet do not limit the creativity, communication, and expression that these tools can provide?
We checked back in (briefly) with Mike Baker, IT Evangelist of Polaris Career Center, who participated in our somewhat chaotic LLU #12 show on September 28, 2006, and talked about blogging initiatives, the messy work of assessment, and teaching with technology.
We were joined in the audio conversation by Barbara Ganley, Laura Blankenship, Bryan Alexander, Gary Kornblith (Professor of History at Oberlin College), Liz Clerkin (Registrar at Oberlin College) and many others in the chatroom.
Thanks to all of you who were able to join us! For those of you who missed the live show and would like to hear the conversation: you can access the downloadable file and chat log, or stream this episode using the built-in player:
Have a great weekend, and we’ll see you after Thanksgiving!