Your Course Blog: Getting Started

As part of this course, you will be required to create a blog here on WordPress, which you will use to respond to prompts pertaining to class readings, discussions, and/or activities. The purpose of this assignment is to provide you with an opportunity to explore your ideas about the course beyond class discussions and to serve as a site of research and reflection. By keeping a course blog and responding to the blogs of your peers, you will be participating in an ongoing dialogue that not only challenges you to think critically about the course, but about writing as a conversation between author and audience. Communicating your ideas through writing and sharing those ideas in a public forum with your peers will challenge you to think critically about your participation in the writing process as both a reader and a writer and enable you to develop a keen understanding of the importance of audience awareness: what draws an audience? What alienates an audience? How can you as a writer work to generate reader interest? How do you see your feedback as a reader contributing to a writer’s work?

At the beginning of each week, I will post a blog prompt, and you will have until the end of the week to respond to that prompt in your individual course blog. You must respond to eight (8) of these prompts by the end of the semester. Additionally, you must comment on at least one (1) of your classmates’ blog responses during each week that you post.

You will have until the end of the first week of classes (Saturday, January 14) to create your own course blog on WordPress. Once you have created your blog, please send me an e-mail containing the following information: your name and the link to your course blog: i.e. John Smith, http://johnsmith.wordpress.com

I will then compile a list of all students blogs with their corresponding links, which you can then access via the Student Blogs page on the main course blog.

If you have any questions regarding your course blog, please e-mail me directly. *do not* post questions in comments to this blog entry.

Happy blogging!

About Francesca Marinaro

Instructor of English/PhD. Candidate, Department of English, University of Florida
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