Course weekly blog posts: assignment revised

BLOG MODIFICATION, as of October 15, 2015:

Modifications indicated by blue text.

The class is divided into four groups, A, B, C, D.  See the syllabus schedule for which assignment your group has each week.

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 minimum 8 sentences.
  • 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.)
  • Include an image or media clip that illustrates—rather than trivializes—its point.
    • The source and title of the image must be clearly given.
    • The image must be from a museum, library, university relevant archaeological site, or bibleodyssey.com
  • 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.
  • 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.

  • The resource must be from either a legitimate news source or popular culture (film, television, music, video game, app, artwork)
  • 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.
  • 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.

  • Include an image or media clip that illustrates—rather than trivializes—its point.
    • The source of the image or clip must be clearly given.
    • The image or clip must be from a museum, library, university, relevant archaeological site, or bibleodyssey.com
  • 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.
  • 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.
  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 requirements of the assignment. (This means all the bullet points under the assignment description.)

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

0:  No post or late post.

 

These points are not percentages but markers of how the assignment has been fulfilled (roughly equivalent to a check minus, check, check plus).

Receiving mostly threes over the course of the semester 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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