Five ways instructors can use Sites@GSU

  Create a class publication

One of the most engaging and powerful ways to use a class blog is to have students produce content for a real-world audience.  To get things started, all you have to do is determine a focus for your blog.  Then, your students will make the magic happen, engaging with your content deeply and authentically.  For example, a critical thinking class could evaluate arguments in the media, and each student’s blog post could present a unique critique.  Also, a literature class could ask students to post reviews or textual analyses of the books that they are reading.

   Establish collaborative spaces

Blogs can also be used as a dynamic space for class or small group collaboration.  The collaboration can take the form of a homework help site or a project planning site.  Students can comment and share ideas on teacher- or student-generated posts.  With plugins like discussion forums, wikis, forms, and chats, there are countless opportunities to discuss and share.

   Organize team projects

If your students work collaboratively on a project, they can display their final results in a team-generated blog.  Students can create pages to show off multimedia creations and written work.  The students’ final product can be a fully functional website.  Awesome, right?

   Share course materials, news, links, and more

A Sites@GSU blog can act as a resource hub for your students.  Share links to helpful websites or post links to your PowerPoints or other files so that students can access them at any time.  You can also post important announcements or opportunities for your students.

   Create a space for students to share links and materials

Instead of using your blog to share material that you curate, you can use your blog as a space for students to share course-related material that they discover and create.  For example, students might find videos or infographics that help illustrate important concepts.  They can share what they find and categorize and tag their posts.  This will ensure that your blog will be useful from semester to semester.

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Five ways students can use Sites@GSU

Create a professional blog

A blog can be a great way for you to engage with people in your field of study both inside and outside of the Georgia State University community.  As you share your thoughts, ideas, and experiences from your field of study, you may be surprised who stops by to comment on your blog.  In this way, you can forge connections with your peers at other colleges and universities or even experts in the field.

 Share your portfolio of work

As you work toward your degree, you’ll create projects and papers that make you especially proud.  You might want to share them.  You can build out your blog as a way to show off and reflect on all of the exceptional work that you have done.

 Blog about the college experience

Students all over the world share their experience of college life through blogs.  You can help other students find the best places to eat, where to get help when they need it, or which clubs and opportunities they should check out.

 Collect resources

As you move through your classes, there is a lot to remember.  Faculty members and students often share great links and resources you want to use later.  By using your blog to aggregate and categorize resources related to your studies, you can create a warehouse of cool stuff that will be of ongoing use to you.

 Create a private weblog

Students often spend a lot of time reflecting on what they have learned.  By creating a private blog and categorizing and tagging your reflections, you can create a repository of analysis and exploration that may be helpful when you take comprehensive exams or begin an academic writing project.

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