This semester I am really trying to get my students to make connections with their blogging. One way that I am trying to do this is by totally changing the assignment. I asked students to choose a topic that they are interested in. I didn’t care what the topic was as long as they were willing to read and write about it for a semester. (Of course, my students are college age seminary students, so I am fairly safe leaving it so open.) Each week they are to find an article online or in print media dealing with their topics, briefly summarize the article and then reflect on it in some way. While we are pretty much just beginning with this, I am impressed with how much better it is going than other blogging assignments have.

What I have not tried to do really is have them read blogs (other than each others’) and connect to them. My students are still a little afraid of blogs. I would gradually like to introduce them to blogs related to their topics, though, and encourage them to write about posts in them. Maybe next month…