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Edublogging Assessment: Private/Autonomus EduBlogging

Private edubloggers will best be served by a skills/tasks checklist – the teacher provides support and content to enable the private blogger to practise the blogging skills necessary to use the blogging tools effectively: tagging, blogrolls, bookmarks, embedded links, RSS feeds, using a reader/aggregator. The private blogger would also post different types of blog posts, responding to other bloggers ideas, podcasts, videos, articles, or other resources. In addition, there would be a number of self-assessments at the mid-point and end of each semester, in which the learner reflects on their own blogging. The teacher’s role is to offer the private blogger words of encouragement, flexible deadlines, as well as offered support in terms of resources and links to blogs of interest.

The Autonomous blogger is assessed using a tasks/skills checklist, which would include the skills of the private blogger, but would also include reciprocal linking, use of permalinks, trackbacks, and reflections on blogging. The use of memes to initiate and sustain conversations with others, as well as commenting on others’ posts, as well as following up on comments by others. In effect, the autonomous blogger will demonstrate the skills required for independent sharing of resources with select others.

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netizenship • July 7, 2009

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  1. netizenship July 16, 2010 - 4:50 PM

    The role of the instructor-as-mentor is crucial for such private bloggers, who are concerned about the risks of exposure to public scrutiny. However, there are valid reasons for some learners to seek a limited rapport, set up a privacy shield, and engage in dialogue with their instructor exclusively, without input from peers.

    The role of the literacy practitioner as a support for those learners who use their journaling as a private confessional changes the relationship of the instructor from assessor to listener, and as a learnign companion can play a pivotal role in aiding learners boost their confidence and self-esteem. The electronic journal can be effective as an aid to healing, personal growth, and spiritual transformation.

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