Last semester I taught an undergraduate seminar in the Media Studies program, MDST 322, “Collage and New Media.” 

In an effort to improve classroom discussion, to facilitate conversation among students, and to provide more reticent students with another outlet to air their views, I required each member of the seminar to keep a weblog relating to the subject at hand.

There are a number of possible benefits to requiring student weblogs.  Among those that jump out, I would include: raising the technological literacy of certain students, encouraging a form of authorship distinct from the usual essay writing, and, most of all keeping, everyone involved in the discourse.  It’s also a convenient place for student and teacher alike to pose questions or point to key passages for upcoming classes, and to follow up on issues or suggest hyperlinks relating to points made in previous classes.

For a peek at how these weblogs worked this semester, link to

http://cti.itc.virginia.edu/~mdst322/mdst322weblogs.html