EDTEC 700: Blogging in the Classroom

Friday, September 24, 2004

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Objective
To maximize employee reflection during their development program.

Lesson Outline
Introduction

Introduce blogging by providing some historical information followed by review of blogs similar in usage to proposed development program use. Review a blog sample from the organization if one exists.

Activity
Have employees create blogs. Provide samples and technical help as required. Once setup is finished, provide a discussion topic and have employees respond to instructor and to each other.

When the test run is finished, brainstorm as a group, what possible uses and outcomes might result from blog use.

Extension Activity
As a review of the lesson, have employees post individual reflections regarding what they've learned regarding blogs and how they might use them in the future.

Debriefing/Evaluation Activity
Make guidelines about acceptable blog etiquette and minimum post limits. Link blog use to performance evaluations without dictating details.

Real-Life Connection
Agree to a date when commenting on each others' first posts will be completed. Have employee mentors respond to initial reflection to show high level support and interest as well as model a typical blog interaction.

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