While not an official task in her 7 Days to a Better EduBlog mini-course, Stephanie did post some final questions for us to consider at:
Essentially, she asks us the following questions:
- How did I model these best practices in this mini-course?
- What strategies did I incorporate to encourage participation and a more social (engaged) learning environment?
- How might you incorporate everything you have learned in this mini-course in your own edublog — whether your audience includes students or other educators?
Reflection on each of these questions individually…
Modeling Best Practices
I think that Stephanie did an okay job with this. I say okay because if you consider her tasks: review web design and layout, write a lists post, write a discussion question post, embed a piece of media into a post, write a current events post, review and update our pages, and create a blogging schedule. Stephanie did a great job of using the suggestions she made in the review web design and layout task, almost all of her tasks were essentially lists post, and her entry asking us to embed media into a post had media embedded into it. The remaining four tasks were not apparent on Stephanie’s blog over the past seven days. Now I realize that was largely because all she was posting was the tasks for each of the seven days, it would have been nice to see her post a discussion question entry and a current events entry on the days that she asked us to post one. I would have also been interesting to see her blogging schedule.
I mean I totally understand why she didn’t post these items, as it would have drowned out her seven days entries somewhat. So the question may be a bit of an unfair one to Stephanie in the first place – cause the answer is that she did well on walking the walk for the entries that she was able to.
Strategies to Encourage Participation and Social Learning
I’m not sure if these were that apparent, beyond leaving comments and trackbacks (and enticing folks to do so by offering ballots in draws that she was having). It wasn’t like what I experienced with ProBlogger Blog Tips‘s 31 Days to Build a Better Blog, or even Steve Dembo‘s 30 Days to Being a Better Blogger. Granted, ProBlogger is a professional blogger and Steve Dembo had access to a much larger community for his efforts.
Incorporating all of this into my Blog
Now this is where the rubber meets the road so to speak. Reflecting on the tasks, there were some that I generally did on a regular basis anyway: lists posts, discussion question posts, current events posts, and maintaining a blogging schedule – so I suspect that I will continue to do those.
A task like review and update your blog’s pages is a periodic thing, and I’m guessing I’ll do an informal review anytime I consider adding a new page.
The two that I think have the chance to make the most lasting impression are: review web design and layout, and embed a piece of media into a post. You’ll note the use of lists and headings in this entry, which was a part of the review web design and layout task. We’ll see if I actually do a better job of embedding media into these entries, and I suppose much of that will depend on whether or not I come across much new media to embed on the topics that I just happen to be focused on that particular day or with that particular entry.
Overall, I’m glad that I participated in this 7 Days to a Better EduBlog mini-course, and will continue to take advantage of these opportunities as they become available in the future.
Note that Stephanie posted her own reflections – see My reflections on the 7 Days to a Better EduBlog mini-course.