Working with blogs in seminars – Part 1

Hello everybody, today we have a set of charts for you. These are the results of a survey conducted in a seminar by Petra Bauer. In addition, the students in this seminar had to write a blog instead of a term paper to pass it. Here a the results of the survey, including an english translation:

1. The integration of digital tools in group work in the seminar

  • I liked it (blue)
  • Not too bad (red)
  • Did not like it at all (orange)

2. Using Etherpad for collecting ideas

  • helped our group to brainstorm and to find topics
  • did not provide any additional help

3. I find writing a blog instead of a term paper to be

  • good (blue)
  • I can get to like it (red)
  • I do not like it (orange)

4. Setting up the blog was

  • complicated
  • doable
  • easy

5. Please describe in short: Which competences did you acquire or deepen when working with the blog?

  • None that I am aware of
  • Digital communication, include topics in every day life, develop another mindset
  • Scientific work, handling with modern media
  • Scientific work
  • Teamwork, creating aesthetically pleasing designs
  • Being confronted with different forms of web content like Tumblr, WordPress etc.
  • The open form of the task and the obligation of the student to solve it independently, improves the students’ ability to conduct a meaningful and structured research. Furthermore the blog provides an opportunity to work creatively. To many students, creating a blog and writing a questionary is a complete novelty.

6. I have the following suggestions for the lecturer regarding team work with digital tools

  • I would like not writing a blog
  • Introduction to blogging, dos and don’ts of handling digital media
  • Define a timeframe and extent, which means how many blog posts or in which cadence and how long
  • Maybe a short introduction into WordPress

7. General feedback

  • I think it is good, that you test new methods in your lectures. Although, they are not the right ones for me.
  • Nice idea with the blog, at least something different.
  • I am not convinced why blogging should be a meaningful alternative to a term paper.