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Blogging in the online "classroom"
Oct 3 2010, 3:43 PM EDTThe courses I teach instruct on how to use database software and how to understand databases in general. Some of the concepts, particularly that of normalization, are difficult to explain. Using a blog for tough concepts such as normalization, sorting, and queries would be a good way to have everyone describe their problems and supply explanations in their own words that might be different and better for them to understand than my words might have been. The type of blog I would use would be a Class Blog. I think a blog can be easier to "speak" in than a traditional class. There is plenty of time to organize your thoughts before you start typing, and there is the anonymity of no one seeing you if you ask a "stupid" question. It is both private and at the same time public to the class members. Concepts that are difficult to understand can be a challenge in an online course. A blog could make the process more interactive. Do you find this valuable?
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