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January 7, 2007

Experimenting with a class blog

This coming semester I am teaching a course on the Death Penalty.  Because death penalty law is in a constant state of flux and because so much is happening in this area so quickly, I am experimenting with a class blog instead of a casebook for assembling the course readings.  In addition, I am going to expect students not just to read the blog, but also to do some posting.

I would be grateful to anyone with advice or suggestions as I prepare for, and try to make the most of, this new adventure in blogging.   Posted by DAB

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The blog is a good idea, but you need to have new content on a regular and fairly frequent basis. You might also consider a course wiki.

Posted by: Geoff McGovern | Jan 7, 2007 11:26:38 AM

Randy Picker at Chicago used one for a seminar last year - you might check with him about how it worked

Posted by: Anon | Jan 7, 2007 12:24:58 PM

CALI Classcaster, http://www.classcaster.org , is designed specifically for law school course/class blogs. Last semester we had over 60 faculty use Classcaster for course blogging. It includes features to allow students to contribute to the blog. I am available to help with any setup or usage issues.

Posted by: Elmer Masters | Jan 8, 2007 9:39:13 AM

Elmer, your Classcaster looks very interesting, and I do not think it is widely known. Might you do a separate post talking about how this resource works AND reflecting on pitfalls to avoid when using a blog with a class?

Posted by: Doug B. | Jan 8, 2007 11:41:22 AM

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