I should remember the possibility of using rss feeds when using blogs in a class. Jon Dorbolo at OSU talks about using them in Blog Models for Teaching and Learning, a presentation he did last year.
Here’s the part about rss feeds:
An rss feed reader picks up categories from the student blogs (e.g. phl201 or ‘Activity #1’) and displays individual student posts in theclass or instructor blog. Students may see the aggregated discussion, and comment on it, at the course/instructor blog. Alternately, the rss feeds could be reflected back to individual blogs forming a discourse loop. An advantage of this later approach is that the learners are able to retain the activity results after the course is over.
I guess it’d also be good to paste a copy of his nicely delineated deployment and teaching models for educational blogging:
1. Independent: Each student has a blog under their control. They interlink to one nother and interlink to a common instructor or course blog.
2. Instructor/provider: The instructor maintains a blog and treats the course as a ategory to which students may comment.
3. Instructor/manager: The instructor maintains a blog and treats the course as a ategory to which the students are authors.
4. Class: A blog belongs to the course with the instructor as the admin.
5. Syndication: Individual blogs, websites, or desktops (cellphones?) are fed from syndicate streams. This puts the center on the feeds, around which authors and subscribers are organized.
A. Journal – each individual maintains a periodic journal.
B. Research – individuals or groups maintain a common repository of research results with data, links, comments, and documents.
C. Peer-Review – individuals post drafts of projects; co-learners respond with peer-review commentary.
D. Discussion – A discussion question/text is posted; a discourse structure is defined; learners respond with participation.
E. Socratic – the learners and teachers engage in an iterative process of question response; each stage of the questioning informed by the antecedent responses.
F. Publication – group work to create a web-based publication (e.g. magazine, journal).