Posted on August 18, 2008
Journalism students’ blogging assignment
I know my audience knows more than I do. I’m asking for input on a 12-week-long blogging assignment I will give to my students.
- First they have to choose a beat or subject area. I have to approve it, or else they choose something different.
- Then each student sets up a new, individual WordPress.com blog.
- They have to post twice a week. Each post is graded on a 10-point scale.
- They have 22 opportunities to post, and the two lowest grades will be dropped.
These are the grading criteria, which pretty much outline how to be a competent blogger. (Not an excellent blogger, mind you, but a competent one.)
I’ve done this before, and grading 20 students can be tedious. But with a simplified rubric, it is also relatively fast.
One thing I’d like to add — but I haven’t figured out a viable way to grade it — is requiring the students to comment on one another’s blogs. Suggestions would be much appreciated.