Takeaway Prep for Weblogs and Writing Pedagogy Presentation

I'm still preparing for Friday's presentation, and starting to stress about it, as I have several other deadlines this week. Clay's marvelous suggestion to put all projects in a spreadsheet is working wonders for me; I am a machine right now, knockin' it all out. Eh, not exactly, but I know I need to be making progress on this presentation, so here are some items I'm planning on including in the takeaway. I'm planning on doing ~100-word annotations of them, but one step at a time. These are some of the pieces on teaching with weblogs and wikis that have stood out in my mind over the last couple of years. In no particular order:


Falling out of love ... by premmell at Kairosnews

Moving to the Public: Weblogs in the Writing Classroom by Charles Lowe and Terra Williams

Remediation, Genre, and Motivation: Key Concepts for Teaching with Weblogs by Kevin Brooks, Cindy Nichols, and Sybil Priebe

A Course About Weblogs

(this) Space by Austin Lingerfelt

When Blogging Goes Bad: A Cautionary Tale About Blogs, Email Lists, Discussion, and Interaction by Steven D. Krause


Wiki by Matt Barton

Embrace the Wiki Way! by Matt Barton

My Brilliant Failure: Wikis in Classrooms by Heather James

Posts on Kairosnews about Wikis


And, just for my own edification, a crash course on Writing Across the Curriculum:

Purdue's WAC handout

WAC links

I think the information on WAC will help me to create better "If your objective is ______, weblogs and/or wikis can help fulfill it by doing _____" statements. Any other thoughts? Your comments on my last post about this were very helpful!


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Hey, Clancy,

I did a little page on blogs this past spring for a class. It's basic info, which you may or may not be looking for. But if any of the text helps, feel free to borrow.

URL... http://marcoe.net/techupdate/

Good luck with your presentation. Who could know more?


good luck

Once again, I'm going to check out some of these links--I've read Krause's entry and I think it's a good, sensible balancing piece to use. Buried in midterm conferences, Joanna

Great List!

What a great set of writings. I think they read together well- almost like a text. -Sam

project management

I'm glad the spreadsheet thing is working out. I've been looking for some heavier-duty project management software for lab management, since the spreadsheet doesn't let me easily visualize projects or manage delegation well. I tested out these:

Project Manager X - http://freshmeat.net/projects/pmx/
Shareware; about $50 to purchase

xTime Project - http://www.appmac.com/software/xtime.html
About $129 (99 euros) to purchase

Both have their points, but I've decided to go with xTime because it's more mature and seems to have better import-export options and a more intuitive interface. HTH Clay

glad the suggestion was valua

glad the suggestion was valuable -- after trying several outliners and project management tools, I'm still using the spreadsheet too. I keep adding different tabs for different aspects -- cwrl, research, tenure ... cs

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