Virtual School Meanderings

July 21, 2010

Day 3 – 7 Days To A Better EduBlog

Stephanie posted the third task in her 7 Days to a Better EduBlog mini-course at:

7 Days – Day 3: Discussion Question Posts

Essentially, the task is to “create a discussion question post on a topic relevant to your blog audience.”

As I mentioned in my response to the Day 1 activity (see Day 1 – 7 Days To A Better EduBlog), there are two main purposes for this blog.  One is as a one-stop-shop for people involved in K-12 distance education, specifically K-12 online learning, to get information about what is going on in the field.  The other is to provide a place for me to play with ideas related to K-12 online learning prior to them being ready to be published in formal academic outlets.  It is this second purpose where the discussion posts generally fall.

As I look back at the past week (again as I did for Day 1), when I look at the three entries from last week that fell into the category of “playing with ideas” (i.e., Greatest Benefits Of K-12 Online Learning And Visible Learning, Guest Blogger – It’s Time For A Latino Online Education Revolution, and Education As We Know It Is Finished – Or Misleading News Titles), how did I do with the advice Stephanie provides?  Stephanie suggests:

  1. Should be general and widely useful
  2. Allow for multiple responses and be very open-ended
  3. May help to create a paradigm shift
  4. Avoid simple factual or yes/no responses
  5. Should elicit a slow response
  6. Should move thinking from reaction to reflection
  7. May encourage taking another person’s perspective or an opposing viewpoint

In looking at those three entries, I think:

To actually find a playing with ideas entry where I actually asked a question, you’d have to go back to Series: What Constitutes Quality in Virtual Schooling? When I examine this entry against Stephanie’s list of suggestions, here is how it looks:

  1. Should be general and widely useful – The issue being discussed is one of the main issues that I believe are facing K-12 online learning today.
  2. Allow for multiple responses and be very open-ended – While there wasn’t a specific question asked, the general discussion was open-ended and did invite multiple responses.
  3. May help to create a paradigm shift – I’m not sure if this would constitute a paradigm shift, as that implies there is a current paradigm.  At present, the issue of how to measure quality in K-12 online learning has no real firm, dominant paradigm.
  4. Avoid simple factual or yes/no responses – The issue doesn’t allow for yes/no responses.
  5. Should elicit a slow response – The entry was posted on 09 July and got two responses right away (one of which was my thanking the person leaving the comment).  On 11 July, there were three additional comments (again, one from me).  Finally, on 15 July there were two more comments (again, one from me) and a trackback from someone else’s blog (who posted an entry responding to my original entry).
  6. Should move thinking from reaction to reflection – I think that the entry does this, but I’d leave that more up to you.
  7. May encourage taking another person’s perspective or an opposing viewpoint – In this instance, there is no pro or con position.  In fact there is no definitive position on the issue to date.  So it does encourage people to take a variety of perspectives or viewpoints.

One of the definite weaknesses with this entry is that I didn’t actually ask a specific question, which is something that I do need to work on (as I know that I often ask very general questions or simply ask people what they think).

Anyway, Stephanie wants us to “create a discussion question post on a topic relevant to your blog audience,” so tomorrow morning I will attempt to post a question entry that meets Stephanie’s suggestions.

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  1. [...] a follow-up to yesterday’s entry Day 3 – 7 Days To A Better EduBlog, this is my attempt at a “discussion question post”. Leave a [...]

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  2. [...] yesterday entitled Worst Online Learning Law in America? Really?? (which was in response to the Day 3 – 7 Days To A Better EduBlog task) was focused on a issue that has been in the news this week, and I provided a selection of [...]

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