- Teach with a single, central course blog, instead of having students set up and maintain individual blogs (the hub model).
- Keep the blog open/public, if no confidential student data (grades, email addresses) or copyrighted content will be shared.
- Ask students to create accounts using pseudonyms(they would then share their account names with you.) This helps circumvent any privacy concerns that students may have about posting to a public site and may also embolden some students to write less self-consciously.
- Use the blog consistently; minimally, require weekly posts and require peer feedback to maintain the discussion’s momentum.
- Summarize key points made via the blog during class time.
- Realize that if this blog if open to search engines, it may get unanticipated attention(news, authors, random visitors, and sadly, spam).