Wednesday, February 22, 2006

using blogs for on-line seminary learning

leadership-bcnz blog;

I’ve just set up the blog home page for a course I am teaching this semester; Pastoral Leadership and Management. As part of the assessment, every student will be expected to set up a blog in which they record their weekly readings and reflections. Some students assessment will also include offering comments (critical engagement) with their peers. Here’s the methodology blurb:

Using on-line blogs is designed to enhance the student learning experience, by allowing them to interact with each other outside the classroom. It means that critical student reading is no longer a conversation between lecturer and student, but becomes a class conversation. Using blogs has the further benefit of introducing students to new technologies and enhancing their communication options, an essential leadership skill.

It’s new for all of us, so it will be interesting to see how it develops and what students make of it come “Lecturer evaluation” time at the end of June.

For the course outline download here

Posted by steve at 04:09 PM


  1. Steve, this is awesome! I like how you have the option to go do “something” or read. I really like that idea.

    Is this something you are going to do at your course here at Fuller in the summer?

    Comment by Kyle — February 22, 2006 @ 5:07 pm

  2. Thanks for this steve – blogging is an environment I am exploring with some of my Distance Learners

    Comment by gordon — February 22, 2006 @ 10:21 pm

  3. I found that getting students to blog increased the level and depth of interaction online, compared to a straight “discussion forum”. It’s the more personal and experiential nature of blogging. One or two students showed real change in attitudes and opinions as a result of interacting with other students blogs, because they “put them in touch” with experiences that they have never had.

    Mind you the stimulus blogger was in Asia at the time!

    Comment by Tim — February 24, 2006 @ 9:50 pm

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