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June 26, 2017

EDTECH537 – Introductory Entry

One of the activities for Week 1 in my EDTECH537 – Blogging In The Classroom was for students to introduce themselves and talk about why they wanted to take this course. As I am hoping to model each of the activities I ask of the students, I wanted to post an entry that introduced myself as the instructor and explained why I wanted to create this course.

I try to write one of these each time I offer the course, and given that this is the seventh time I have taught Blogging in the Classroom for Boise State University I suspect my introduction is getting a bit practice.  But anyway…

For those folks that don’t know me, my name is Michael Barbour and I’m currently an Associate Professor, Instructional Design for the College of Education and Health Sciences at Touro University, California.  This is a position that I began about ten months ago.  Prior to my current position, I was the Director of Doctoral Studies for the Isabelle Farrington College of Education and an Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership at Sacred Heart University for three years and an Assistant Professor of Instructional Technology/Educational Evaluation and Research at Wayne State University for six years – and this summer an adjunct professor for the Department of Educational Technology at Boise State University (and this is my seventh summer in this role).  The courses I teach focus on educational research methods, although I have taught a range of courses in instructional technology and educational leadership as well.  My research interests focus on the use of K-12 online learning, particularly for students in rural jurisdictions. I’m originally from Newfoundland and Labrador, which is quite important to me.

In 2011, I was asked to design a course in blogging in the classroom for Boise State University. The reason I accepted the BSU suggestion stemmed from my own participation in previous blogging initiatives. Over the past couple of years, I have participated in 30 Days to Being a Better Blogger that Steve Dembo ran, I participated in the 31 Days to Build a Better Blog journey by ProBlogger Blog Tips, and I also participated in 7 Days to a Better EduBlog by Change Agency.  Two years ago, I began the 30-day open scholarship challenge from Impact Story – but didn’t get that far (as you can see from the  tag, and maybe I’ll use this course as a way to try and progress in my completion of that activity).  Anyway…

I feel like I’ve gotten a lot out of these experiences, and I was wondering if I could take these experiences – along with my nine or ten years of blogging (note that for the record it has been eleven years that I have been blogging, as I started in March 2005, which means it was about five when I first created this course) – and turn them into a graduate level class that students would find useful. The course itself is a combination of “being a better blogger” activities and exploring various models of incorporating blogging into the classroom. It worked out pretty well the past six summers (although only a few of the students continued blogging after the course concluded – at least in the same space they had blogged during the course), so I’m looking forward to seeing how it all turns out this summer.

EDTECH537 – Week 1

Today begins EDTECH537 – Blogging In The Classroom. This week the students have a series of tasks to complete by the end of the week (i.e., midnight on Sunday). The main task is to decide on what blogging platform to use (i.e., Blogger, WordPress, or Edublogs) and then to create a blog. Once the students have created their blog, they should:

  • post an introductory entry
  • add some blogs to their blogroll
  • create an “about me” page

While I have most of these things already in place in my blog, I will be posting a welcome entry later today. I will also update my blogroll and the two “about” pages to ensure that they are all current (and I will post entries about this process of doing this for all three pages on Tuesday and Wednesday).

In case you are wondering, the readings for this week include:


June 25, 2017

EDTECH537 – Blogging In The Classroom

Starting tomorrow, for the next seven weeks I will once again be teaching a course entitled EDTECH537 – Blogging In The Classroom through Boise State University as a part of their Department of Educational Technology. This is the seventh time I have taught the course. During this period I will continue to maintain this blog as I always do, but I will also use this space as a part of the course as well – as a way to model blogging in education.

As I blog for this course I will use the tag EDTECH537 and each entry will have “EDTECH537 -” in the entry title (note that the course number prior to 2014 was EDTECH597, so you’ll need to use that tag to see the legacy entries from those semesters).

For those who may be curious, the description for this course is:

EDTECH 537: Blogging in the Classroom
Focuses on the use of blogs in education, including creating and maintaining blogs, using RSS readers and microblogging. Students will examine the nature and purpose of blogging, types of blog entries, blog promotion, disclosure guidelines, and building a blogging community.

So beginning tomorrow, I’ll post the first week’s message for my students.

February 9, 2017

EDTECH Moodle: Dr. Kerry Rice in the Spotlight!

This might be of interest to readers.

Professor, publisher, Fulbright Scholar — One of EdTech‘s stars!

Kerry Rice

Kerry Rice

August 15, 2016

EDTECH537 – End Of Course

Seven weeks ago I posted an entry entitled EDTECH537 – Blogging In The Classroom that described a course I have been teaching for the Department of Educational Technology at Boise State University this summer semester. During that time I have posted weekly messages to describe what I was asking the students to do and the readings I had assigned.

I have also posted entries for all of the activities I have asked of the students:

I have also posted sample blog entries for each of the different types of entries that I have asked of the students.

Finally, during Week 5 I asked the students to participate in blogging in three different formats (and posted a sample entry for one of those):

This year I also made a point of highlighting things in the monthly statistics entries for my EDTECH537 students.

I always post this summary message for those folks who haven’t been following along for the past seven weeks, as I suspect this will be the closest I ever get to one of those # days to a better blog series.

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