Course Blog

This course will have a private course blog primarily about course readings that will feed into our discussions in class.  We will typically discuss questions or issues arising from one or more of the posts in class each day, although not always all of them.

NOTE: this assignment has been revised as of October 15, 2015.  Click HERE for the new version.

The class will be divided into four groups, A, B, C, D.  Throughout the semester, these groups will rotate into four roles:

Tuesday Readers:  Tuesday Readers post a critical response to the course readings that are due on Tuesday and post it as a blog post to the class blog by 9 pm Monday night.  The blog post:

  • Will contain approximately 250 words.
  • Should demonstrate that the student has read/viewed and reflected upon the material for the day.  (Please be specific; posts that can bring together more than one reading—e.g., Bible reading + textbook—are often the strongest).
  • May address different topics in one post.
  • Can comment on aspects of the assignment that are most compelling and exciting to you (and say why).
  • Can raise questions or points that were confusing or require clarification for you.
  • Can ask questions and raise issues you would like to discuss further in class.
  • May choose to respond to questions on study guides or your own questions and concerns.  (If you need ideas, see the study guides for prompts.)
  • To receive full credit, each post must include an image or media clip that illustrates—rather than trivializes—its point. Furthermore, the source of the image must be clearly given.
  • Put the date of the reading/relevant class discussion in the post title (e.g., “Jesus’s Demons (T Sept 8)” would be a good title.
  • Please do not quote at length from course materials, especially the New Testament or ancient sources.  Instead link to online versions, such as Mark 1:1 at bible.oremus.org.  (Bible passages should be the New Revised Standard Version.  Watch this video on how to create links in WordPress blog posts if you don’t know how.)
  • Post should set Tuesday Reader as its Category.

Thursday Readers:  Thursday Readers post a critical response to the course readings that are due on Thursday and post it as a blog post to the class blog by 9 pm Wednesday night.  Criteria are the same as Tuesday Readers.  Post should set Thursday Reader as its Category.

Remixers:  Students in this group will find and share at least one relevant online resource for class.  Post by noon Wednesday for discussion Thursday.

  • These resources might include news stories, journal articles, podcasts, archives, and so on.  They may also include earlier posts from our own class blog.
  • In addition to linking to the resource, the remixers must provide a short (no more than a paragraph) evaluation of the resource, highlighting what makes it worthwhile, unusual, or, if appropriate, problematic.
  • Please do not quote at length from course materials, especially the New Testament or ancient sources.  Instead link to online versions, such as Mark 1:1 at bible.oremus.org.  (Bible passages should be the New Revised Standard Version.  Watch this video on how to create links in WordPress blog posts if you don’t know how.)
  • Post should set Remixing as its Category.

 

Responders:  Students in this group will build upon, disagree with, or clarify either a reader post or something from class discussion.  You may choose to respond to class discussions/blog posts from either Tuesday or Thursday: post by Wednesday 9 pm for responses to Tuesday; post by Friday 9 pm for responses to Thursday.

  • To receive full credit, each post must include an image or media clip that illustrates—rather than trivializes—its point. Furthermore, the source of the image must be clearly given.
  • The post title should contain the word “Responding” (e.g., “Responding:  Who was John the Baptist?” would be a good title.)
  • The post should reference the date and topic of class discussion.
  • Please do not quote at length from course materials, especially the New Testament or ancient sources.  Instead link to online versions, such as Mark 1:1 at bible.oremus.org.  (Bible passages should be the New Revised Standard Version.  Watch this video on how to create links in WordPress blog posts if you don’t know how.)
  • Post should set Responding as its Category.

CREDIT:  This assignment has been adapted (in some cases word for word) from Dr. Mark Sample‘s Blogging Guidelines for his DIG 101 class.  Many thanks to Mark for permission to reuse and remix his assignment.
Creative Commons License  The work above is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.  Please attribute Dr. Mark Sample as well as this site if you reuse.

Grading and evaluation

All of the blog posts will be evaluated on the following scale:

3:  Exceptional.  Fulfills all the requirements of the assignment and shows creativity, insight, or complexity.

2:  Satisfactory.  Fulfills the primary requirements of the assignment.

1:  Unsatisfactory.  Post has been made but does not fulfill the requirements of the assignment.

0:  No post or late post.

Receiving mostly threes will result in an A for this semester’s cumulative blogging assignment grade.  3s and 2s will result in a B.  Mostly 2s will result in a C.  Mostly 1s will result in a D.  Baseline grades will be calculated based on blog posts earning 1-3 points, then the baseline grade will drop one letter for every zero.  You may skip one week with no penalty.

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