Glass orb with reflection of the landscape in it

I tend to query how much we should grade student blogging, or demonstrate a tool that they can use for note taking – in a way that can be more flexible (& searchable!) than a paper note book. However, it’s inevitable that staff will want to grade (that’s one of my reasons for liking Elgg – it’s very easy for students to make only a subset of their posts visible to the grader.
If you’re going to grade them, I like Konrad Glogowski’s grid to encourage students to self grade, and Ryan Bretag has a grading grid for staff.

Via: Free Technology for Teachers

4 thoughts on “Grading Student Blogging

  1. I work with many students who quite simply will not blog – that is, unless it is graded. We are introducing more PDP now, and perhaps students will start to see the value of blogging for their own ends rather than those imposed on them.

    But for now, with my reluctant bloggers, I try to work on multiple fronts – give them extrinsic reasons (grading), try to make the exercise of clear value to their subject (they have little patience for social blogging, or indeed social networking…) so that over time they see that blogging can be valuable for their learning.

    I have to admit that I get them to approach blogging fairly formally for the assessed work – but encouraging them to also use blogs for their own learning (not assessed).

  2. No worries about the bold! I’m guessing it was only “will not blog” you’d intended to have in bold?
    Yes, I know what you mean about students not blogging without a carrot; when I wrote it, I was thinking about those staff who want to assess blogs … often because they can’t see that students would do anything without it being graded …

    I guess it’s a case of whether we see “blog” as a tool – much as “Word” is a tool, or if we’re looking more at the process & what you’re doing with the blog. Much as i’d rather look at the process, inevitably, it becomes a tool.

    I tend to take a similar approach – though what we tend to do is to get the students to use their blogs reflectively … BUT, the grade they actually get is for a formal piece of reflective writing, drawing from earlier comments in their blogs.

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