“… we’re in the midst of a literacy revolution the likes of which we haven’t seen since Greek civilization.”
The web log, or blog, opens up new possibilities for teaching and learning by cultivating social communities of education. The power of blogging as a pedagogical practice is rooted in the recognition that meaning is made and knowledge created in social interaction. As Dewey put it in Democracy and Education:
“Schools require for their full efficiency more opportunity for conjoint activities in which those instructed take part, so that they may acquire a social sense of their own powers and of the materials and applications used” (Democracy and Education, 37).
As a sophisticated yet simple publishing platform, the blog offers a powerful opportunity for conjoint activities of learning. By opening a rich, diverse and broadly accessible site of dialogical engagement, a blog is able to cultivate dynamic social contexts of communication in which a symbiotic relationship between teaching and learning becomes possible.
Blogging thus allows us to perform the ethics we teach.
- Writing for an audience, kairos
- Openness to Diversity of Opinions: PHIL200 on Religion
- Blurring the Boundaries between World and Classroom: Asher and Holly
- Ongoing Reflection on Experience: Blogging Rubric (.pdf)
- Creating Community: Weekly Roundup Podcasts
- Cultivating Critical Reflection: Questioning Authority, Reflections on Wednesday’s Class
- The What Would You Do? posts feeding from the blog to The Rock Ethics Insititute Facebook page seek to cultivate:
- Ethical Imagination,
- A Sense for ethical ambiguity and complexity
- An Ability to reflect upon concrete social/political problems
- A Community of people concerned to think and act ethically
Diversity of Expression
- Downes, Stephen “Educational Blogging,” EDUCAUSE Review, 39 (5), 14-26.
- Reinhart, C.J “Constructing the Café University,” On the Horizon, 16 (1), 13-33.
- Google Reader, RSS feed reader
- Podcasting and Blogging the Liberal Arts, presentation/blog post about how blogging can cultivate the excellences of thinking and acting we have long associated with a liberal arts education: critical reflection, active writing, engaged reading…