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Using Blogs and Social Media in Undergrad Classrooms

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This January, John Hawks (of his eponymous weblog) and I are moderating a session as part of the education track at Science Online in North Carolina.

Blogging in the undergraduate science classroom (how to maximize the potential of course blogs) (discussion) – Jason Goldman and John Hawks

This session will mainly feature a roundtable discussion of “best practices” for incorporating blogs into undergraduate courses. Possible topics that will be covered: Developing, evaluating, and grading assignments, incorporating blogs into syllabi, how blogging can contribute to learning goals, privacy versus openness, especially with respect to FERPA, and interacting with students with social media more broadly (e.g. twitter, G+, facebook, etc).

In preparing for our session, I’ve started to put together a list of examples that I’m familiar with of educators using blogs and social media in undergraduate education. But I know there are more.

If you are an educator, and you’re using social media in your classes, let me know in the comments (or get in touch via twitter, google+, or email – thoughtfulanimal at gmail dot com).

Also if you’re an undergrad and your professor is using some kind of social media in his or her curriculum, or if you are a grad student using blogs or social media in some way as part of your TA duties, please get in touch. If you are none of the above, but you still know somebody using blogs or social media in undergrad courses, please let me know.

Related: Sneak a little science in (Kate Clancy)

Continuously updated list of examples:
via @dupuisj:
Dawn Peterson’s Astronomy 101 at Boston University: @BU_AS101
Bora’s Bio 101 blog
Stacy Baker’s Extreme Biology (high school)

Jason G. Goldman About the Author: Dr. Jason G. Goldman received his Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology at the University of Southern California, where he studied the evolutionary and developmental origins of the mind in humans and non-human animals. Jason is also an editor at ScienceSeeker and Editor of Open Lab 2010. He lives in Los Angeles, CA. Follow on . Follow on Twitter @jgold85.

The views expressed are those of the author and are not necessarily those of Scientific American.

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