I will be focusing on the first year writing course I taught at Bryn Mawr College, a course that may be similar at many other liberal arts colleges; however, I believe that many of the practices I used in that course can be applied in many other types of courses at many types of schools. In fact, I believe that blogging might be one avenue to encouraging more writing in many other disciplines besides English/Composition. The course that I taught is a required course for freshman whose stated goals include the following:
"To make sense of the ideas, stories, arguments and images we encounter in readings and discussions. 'Making sense of' means explaining and connecting what we read and see and hear with our own response. This kind of writing is what allows us to enter the Grand Conversation that defines us as thinking human beings."
"The purpose of the writing is to give students the opportunity to respond in creative and critical ways to a variety of texts and to develop their own writing voices (a process inseparable from their development as thinkers, readers, and listeners). We want students to develop fluency with expected modes of academic discourse but also learn to be present, creative, and engaged."
- Explanation of blogging generally: I'm assuming this still needs to be done and I'm thinking it should go before what I have written above (if it indeed remains).
- Brief explanation of the pedagogy: cognitive, constructivism, connectivism, emergence(?)
- Then more specific explanation of class and then our specific goals
- Broader implications--what I hope these practices can accomplish for others
- Imperfections in blogging practice--perhaps not in the proposal?