Blogging for Distance Interaction

16 Feb 2010

I had an existing blog for Turkish language learners “HoyaTurka” at wordpress.com that I revived for distance interactions last week. My beginner students were not very confident in posting in Turkish because of the (few) special characters required, but this gave me a chance to let them know about downloading Turkish keyboards. The most successful interactions were “fun” posts about Turkey — tourism and news in English– that we don’t usually get to in the normal classroom framework. This got the students to know each other in new ways. Not all of the students knew to “enroll” in the blog for e-mail updates. Despite the fun of blogging, most of our “real work” was done on the Blackboard sites in ways that we are already used to from normal assignments. Students are so comfortable with this medium that they e-mail me when they think I need to update the site. I remember the days when Blackboard was new for everyone…now if I can just get started on Elluminate…