This is the end of week 2 and I feel that my mission for this week has been
at least partly accomplished.
I opened a couple of blogs with other providers and concluded that none was ideal but that 20six was perhaps most promising for my configuration.
I looked at a few other teacher and student blogs and concluded that....... male bloggers like black backgrounds. I also decided that while it was fun looking at them and gave me plenty of ideas nothing corresponded exactly to what I want/feel able to do.
I thought a bit more about the blog I would like to set up. I want to do this mostly for students of medicine whom I see for a period of 7 weeks. Part of the teaching is face to face and I would devote one 3-hour class to setting the accounts up, showing examples of what has been done elsewhere and perhaps showing my own blog. The rest of the course is done on the net.I might replace some of the online exercises that students currentlyhave to complete with assignments that include posting and commenting on other students' blogs. I am not sure whether I would like them all to have individual blogs or whether it would be best to set up a team blog. I'm also not sure about whether I want them to concentrate on medical subjects or centre their production on more personal concerns. All of this obviously demands further thought!
I completed my group task for this week by adding three articles to the wiki database with brief comments. I felt a little frustrated because the comments were so limited; obviously nobody is going to digest a long screed about an article they could read almost as quickly.
I continue to read all of the messages sent to the discussion group but with increasing impatience. Get a grip some of you guys!
Haven't yet been able to participate in anything live due to timetabling
clashes and probably won't be able to do so tomorrow but remain hopeful of
hearing real voices before the end of the course!