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With students who have very busy schedules and students who may or may not complete the assigned work that is part of the points counted for their grades, how do you encourage them to participate in the blogging?  What percent of students fully participate and what percent make an attempt?

Thanks for your insight.  I look forward to reading your experiences.

Blogging creates a portfolio of each students work.  This will allow progress to be assessed.

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This is precisely the problem with adult learners who have employment and families in addition to school.  Good thoughts.

Is it "my body my choice" or is this a slippery slope that historically has ended in disaster more than once?  Remember, 25% of all women are on antidepressants.  Have you had a day in which you would rather not be on the planet?  A week, or a month?...

Today I learned there is a limit on the length of micro-blogging.  Text type entries will be used to create a complete and concise post.

Students can create material and post while learning from the peers posts.  Technical ability can be expected. 

Social networking can add exposure to some material and facilitate greater dialogue for a fuller understanding.

It is important to grade students fair and consistently through the use of rubrics.  It is also important to be a "guide on the side" during on-line discussions.  The instructor should provide guidance and feedback, but the students should be responsible for the primary discussion.

The most important thing I learned from this module is the need to communicate differently based on generational differences.  What works for one generation of students may not work for others.  As a Professor, it is important to vary your communication style based on the needs of your students.

Communication with students should be consistent and follow "code of conduct" rules.  It is important to understand that different students will respond to different methods of communication.

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