guidelines for blogs

Blogging

One of the most important things you will do in this class will be to keep an ongoing ‘process blog’ describing your research, observations, your process and your part in developing projects. The objectives of this process are multiple: to document the findings of your learning and research, to make these results visible in a coherent way and, to share this process with your fellow students.

Your process blog will have a minimum of 20 to 25 entries, and will
accurately reflect what you did in during the semester, and should include:

• notes and thoughts on your ideas on the unfolding process. I want you to focus on what you are doing and less on what you think you’d like to accomplish. We don’t necessarily want to know what you think you can do. We want to bask in the full–blown glory of your greatest insights and accomplishments. This naturally follows your participation in the early assigned projects and continues with the organization of, and practice in, the final group projects.

• Include photographs and videos of work that inspires you and your work in progress, as well as finished works.

• Drawings are acceptable (great, even). Scan/digitize them where necessary.

• Include links to relevant projects, resources and sites that you have discovered in your research and,

• a detailed summary of your participation in the final project process.

• Anything else that is relevant to your research and learning process in the course.

While the way you write about your research will be in your own style, you will find in the “Links” module several examples of blogs and blog entries from different fields to give you an idea of what is possible. The topics below don’t necessarily relate to our research. It’s the form of the blogs listed to the left that I would like you to consider. Some pretty nifty stuff nonetheless!

Blogging guidelines:

• Your blog is about original content, so it should contain primarily your work, as opposed to references and quotes of other people’s work. Linking to and writing about other people’s sites is fine, but don’t forget that the point of this exercise is to show what you think about it and how this influences your own research and thought process.

• Your blog is an academic blog. Accordingly, when you use someone else’s words or images, you need to properly cite these.

• You should probably disable comments, but this is up to you. Most blogs with anonymous commenting turned on are be overrun with irrelevant ‘comment spam’ within a few weeks.

• Keep the discussion, posts and other material on an academic level. Your blog is not a Myspace page or Facebook account, but rather it is a college-level exercise in communications research. Material not related to the course and your research does not belong.
• Remember that you are using the college’s computer systems and you are therefore subject to Dawson’s and Cin/Vid/Com’s computer use policy on the fair use of computer resources. In short: be nice!
• Do not post names or photographs of other students without their explicit permission. Everyone has a right to their privacy. Ask first.

How to set it up:

• You can use any blogging software you like that includes dated text entries along with the potential for image and video entries.

• Open a free account at Blogger, Livejournal, Moveable Type or similar blogging service. Blogger works particularly well and the setup is very easy.

• Create a blog.
Blogs not linked to the Google Pages Domian site will not be marked.
• Email the class administrator (t.b.d.) and myself a link to the exact address of your blog

• Or add your link to the GooglePages link page. This topic will be discussed during the appropriate class.

Privacy:

While you are required to keep a blog, you aren’t required to divulge your identity online if you don’t want to. Let me know your blog address and the pseudonym you’ll use if this is the case. As a student you have the right to keep your coursework private. If you would like to keep your blog private, set it up to be private and invite only your classmates and myself to access and read it. Whether to blog in private or public is completely your choice. Choosing one or the other option will not affect your grade.

• You can blog anonymously and without identifying yourself. In this case, set up an account under a pseudonym and send me the URL of your blog. You will also need to upload an image/avatar.

• Further to your privacy rights, I will not post comments on your blog or make any publicly accessible comments on your blog.

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