Using a blogging system for handing in HWs in this course

(Updated 1/21/2018)

Blogging is an important part of today’s world

  • It is good to know how it works!
  • It is a good platform for a course!

Teaching

Handing in assignments

Various blogging sites exist

  • There are major ones and minor ones

WordPress.com

  • Major site
  • Full function
    • But this makes it more complicated
  • WordPress.org is related but different
  • Confusing
  • You are looking at it now!
  • Doesn’t like to give a new account if you have one already
  • That makes it hard for me to show you how to open an account
  • Too many negatives, so what about…

Blogger.com

  • Has become part of Google
  • Now inextricably one part of a larger google account
  • So to sign up you need a google account, like it or not
  • We all have google accounts
    • UALR email is run by google
  • But maybe you don’t want your course blog being part of your google identity
    • (Hint: give your blog a non-personally identifiable site name and title)
  • You can configure a “limited” blog profile to blog pseudonymously
    • This can work but has too many branches and details
  • So instead, try…

Blog.com

  • All seemed good during signup until the captcha function
  • Must interact with an advertisement
  • I don’t want to do that
  • …and don’t want to make you either!
  • So move on to…

Tumblr.com

  • Modern, popular blog site
  • During signup, *must* pick 5 other blogs to follow
  • That could be useful in this class:
  • Follow your group members’ blogs!

Problem:

Their blogs don’t exist yet

…so you can’t follow them when you sign up

So back to having to follow random other blogs

  • This is not bad but still a tad annoying
    •  So try…

Blackboard

  • Has a blogging function
    • Has everything, in fact
      • But not everything is user friendly
  • It is less valuable to learn than –
    • general purpose systems
    • meant for the public
    • that you can use after you graduate
    • So try…

***** LiveJournal.com *****

  • Easy to make your account
  • Simpler to use than most others – convenient
  • Basic in functionality – but it’s all we need
  • Last semester we had problems with account suspension
    • They unsuspended accounts upon request
    • Suggestion:
      • clearly label and
        • organize your postings
      • so they don’t look like
        • auto-generated spam
  • …that’s just what we need!

 

Conclusion

Make your blogs now…

                      Suggestion: make URL non-personally identifiable

Inform the instructor of your blog address

 

 

 

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