Education is not something I blog about often but it is something that is important to me. I’m not a great fan of traditional systems but learning in general. It doesn’t matter what you learn, it matters that you learn. Some people go on to do awesome, world-changing things it’s their studies, some become corporate high flyers & others do their own thing.
What do you do when a university is trying to be modern but fails spectacularly because they are fitting new media into a traditional framework?
I’ve seen courses that require you to blog weekly as your “participation” in the subject. I understand this tool being used for distance education, but I feel it’s often graded incorrectly. In the instance of coursework classes, I found that we had to blog an “original” response to that week’s required readings. I experienced this in a mixed class, and this doesn’t work very well.
By mixed class, I mean a second year undergraduate class that is also being run as a postgraduate class, but half the enrolments in the undergrad side are actually from first years, just because the class didn’t have specific prerequisites.
I don’t know the best way to mark these. I understand that the lecturer or tutor wants everyone to make an original blog post because that way there’s no copying. But it just seems to run into first in, best dressed.
And many students have never used a bulletin board before. The same questions get asked over & over again. The worst part is that the tutor gives a slightly different answer each time, so for the few students who actually read all the posts on the bulletin board, they end up panicking that the assignment has been changed.
I am returning to study this year – in the same course where I experienced these blogging assessment issues. It’ll be interesting to see how things have developed in the past few years with incorporating ‘new media’ into university courses. I wonder if I’ll have to do these mini blogging exercises on forums as assessment again.
Have you ever struggled with fitting new media into a traditional environment? Do you have any tips for me?