What are Blogs? Why use them as Assignments?
A blog (the shortened version of the original term, “weblog”), is an online, chronological collection of first-person reflective essays that are often linked to supportive writings and media on the internet. Many instructors assign blogging as short writing exercises to help students achieve pedagogical objectives such as:
What are rubrics? Why use them?
Rubrics specify the qualities or processes that must be exhibited in order for a given piece of work to be assigned a particular evaluative rating (Peter McDaniel, Understanding Educational Measurement). They provide a guide for both instructors and learners as to how “what learners do” in course will be assessed and/or graded. Rubrics can be used to assess almost any type of assignments, including essays, final projects, oral presentations, in-class and online discussion, artwork and performances.
By Cecilia Lo
Ever had a problem tracking your edits in students’ assignments submitted via Google Docs? Or shared a Google Doc with a group of collaborators for comments and wanted to track more closely what changes were made? Or wished you couldan track changes as in Microsoft Word?