Tuesday, February 28, 2006

The Mid-Term and second chances

I read a thoughtful post by our resident blogger, the Big E, who wondered why there haven't been "as many 'intense' discussions [on this class blog] as one might have hoped." I wonder that, too. For a seminar about the Internet, we seem to underutilize what the Internet can offer.

Based on the great level of class discussion we've had, I know it's not because you don't have anything to say, or don't have a view. Instead of beating myself over the head trying to figure this out, I would hope you all re-energize and re-commit to participating for the few remaining weeks left, particularly in posting your comments to student presentations. That will have the most payoff for each presenter. (Of course, if you have reaction to this post, I'd love to hear them, too.)

10 Comments:

Blogger joemama said...

Although I believe Syed's presentation sparked some "heated" debate, generally I'd agree with you that the discussions have not gotten too intense. If I had to guess, I'd say this could be for a number of reasons:

1. It takes time to make a provocative posting that is "educated." Speaking from personal experience, I can say that any of the more substantial postings I've made probably took me the better part of an hour.

2. A class quorum decided that no postings should exceed the equivalent of one paragraph--this is hard to do. Short postings are a double-edged sword, because people tend not to read the long ones, and the short ones oftentimes don't allow the author to say what he really means.

3. American Idol is really getting good lately.


Totally kidding about no. 3. I don't even like reality TV. Seriously though, I think people want to contribute, but it takes a lot of time and critical thinking to come up with an original or meaningful thought worth sharing with the class at-large.

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Blogger Brian Bulson said...

One thing that will greatly help my use of the blog is the new feature displaying when recent comments are made. Now we can just use the main blog page to see about new comment posts rather than having to click on each blog post to scan through comments separately.

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