Creating Classroom Community with Reflective Blogs

By John Alexander and Dorothe Bach.

Published by The Technology Collection

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This paper explores the role of technology in enhancing and accelerating community formation in a class setting and fostering meaningful engagement with course material. Drawing on their rich experience with using extensive blogging as a complement to in-class discussion, the authors will discuss the nuts and bolts of creating assignments that foster community while engaging students individually in a deep and intentional exploration with the material They offer a sample assignment as well as technical instructions for helping students set up individual WordPress blogs.

Keywords: Blogs, Community, Reflection, Writing, Reading

International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society, Volume 9, Issue 2, pp.17-29. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 555.187KB).

John Alexander

Associate Director, SHANTI, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, USA

Associate Director of SHANTI (Sciences, Humanities and Arts Network of Technological Initiatives) at the University of Virginia. Research interests include comparative literature, mindfulness, contemplative sciences, integration of technology into instruction, and community.

Dorothe Bach

Associate Director, TRC, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, USA

Associate Director and Associate Professor at the Teaching Resource Center at the University of Virginia. Research interests include educational and faculty development, course design, learning portfolios, contemplative pedagogy, teaching with social media, and transformational learning.

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