Someone mentioned that a student may have 5 different blogs – one for each class – and must post content to each blog in order to get credit for their work. And, at the end of the semester, the blogs are nuked from orbit. So, not only is a students work divided across several quasi-related locations, it is so closely tied to the Class that in ceases to exist after the Class is over.
This is a fear that I have; if we encourage students to keep a blog as part of a unit, how likely is that to happen? To me, a single blog is a great way of helping the students see how the units link up – something a lot find hard. I *think* (hope) that the method Terry & I have for the MSc eLT students, getting them to keep a blog, and then to refer to it, rather than to make x posts will stop that transitory feel that D’arcy wants to avoid. But, what happens when we have other staff using them, and for other purposes?