Developing a Commenting Guide for Students on Day 29

The challenge for today was to develop an age-appropriate student commenting guide. Since I deal with college and graduate students, trying to get things down to the level of an elementary school student wouldn’t enter the picture, unless I put on my parenting hat (I have one that will be in third grade in the fall another who will be in first grade.)

I decided that I would start with my Six C’s on Being a Great Blog Commenter from Day 23 of the challenge and combine this with the current Discussion Board Guide that I have, written into the syllabus, for my online graduate. I also included the Grading Rubric I have adapted from one of the Online courses that I took. This could easily be adapted to grading blog comments.

Six C’s on Being a Great Blog Commenter

  • Centered – Stay focused.
  • Contribute – Share some information or something useful.
  • Courteous– Be Polite.
  • Credit – Give credit where credit is due. (Cite your sources.)
  • Camaraderie – Commenting is a way of building relationships with other bloggers.
  • Constant – Remember comments are permanent.

Discussion Board & Grading Rubric

Discussion Board
With an online course, the discussion board is where most of the interaction occurs among the students in the class; this is where you will get to know your fellow classmates often more intimately than in a face to face setting. Plan on logging into the Discussion board to read, post & respond to new postings several times a week.

We have a fairly small number of people in the course, so you should be able to interacting with each of your other classmates. When posting your response for the week you may want to post your own answers first before responding to your classmate’s posts.

Each week that there are discussions be sure to respond to at least one of the posts for each of your classmates, who have posted timely posts.

Discussion Board Posting & Netiquette
Since we all are likely to have different backgrounds and experiences in regards to bereavement, grief, loss and hospice, each of us is likely to be looking at different resources and areas that the others may not be exploring. We had different paths in getting here and so each of us may have different areas of expertise or uniqueness that can be contributed and shared with the class as a whole.

You may want to share interesting or inspiring resources from books, articles, video or other sources may be useful to help in learning material for this class or used with clients in a professional setting.

The Student Help Section for Blackboard has a good review with guidelines for Netiquette.

When responding to classmates’ posts, in particular, be courteous and focus on offering constructive advice instead of criticisms.

Discussion Board Grading
You will be keeping track of your discussion board posts and self-grading your own postings based on the rubric listed below along with the discussion board grading form. As you are posting your results be sure that you take time to reflect, and include thoughtful analysis of materials, insights about the materials read and/or presented as well as providing constructive responses (teaching) to each other.

Discussion Board Grading Rubric


Full credit


Quality of postings

Postings reflect the course readings (citing the source) and/or critical thinking.
Real world application processing is clearly evident.

Postings are not relevant to the question posed or tend to just be “me too”, “I agree” messages.

Quantity of postings

Responds to at least two other participants.

Responds to the question posted and one of the following:

1. neglects to respond to any postings OR

2. dominates the thread with excessive postings

Timeliness of posts

Responses occur early enough in the week to allow others to provide feedback.

Responses contribute to the information exchange of the learning community.

Posts meet the other criteria but are posted at the end of the week when class discussions have moved on to other topics.

Source: Van Duzer J. 2006. Discussion Rubrics, Introduction to Moodle Course.

Communicating the Commenting Guide

I like the idea of making the commenting guide a collaborative process and using a wiki. I think giving the graduate students the Guidelines on being a Great Blog Commenter with the Guidelines on Posting in a Discussion Board would be a good way to start.

If I needed to have something developed for myself, I would include the commenting guide as part of the course syllabus.

While I like the idea of using VoiceThread I am not sure if I would use a audio / video for my college students. I could see VoiceThread being helpful if one were trying to instruct younger students.

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Exploring Other Ways to Comment for Day 26

Since the challenge for today was to think about using multimedia and other ways to comment on blogs I decided to review and explore some ways of using multimedia in this blog and for blog commenting.

My Voki

The first multimedia application that came to mind for today’s activity was the use of the Voki.

The Voki is a fun way of creating a talking voice character or a computer-generated avatar, but it wouldn’t be easily available for posting comments in a blog.

Sharing a Health, Nutrition & Wellness Lecture

The next multimedia option was using .docstoc. I’ve already included one lecture of my on the Ethical Challenges of the Medical and Healthcare Internet in a prior post on Discovering Medical Ethical Challenges Lecture on .docstoc.

I uploaded a new lecture to my .docstoc one that I recently gave on Health, Nutrition and Wellness, on How to Live a HEALTHY LIFE.

.docstoc is a great way of sharing professional documents, such as PowerPoint presentations. It would be more than one might need to respond to a typical blog post, but might be included as a linked reference.

A Look at Other Multimedia Options

I’d already briefly looked at several multimedia options for getting PowerPoint Lectures online.

  • .docstoc – .docstoc is a user generated community where you can find and share professional documents. Upload your documents for all the world to share.
  • Slideshare – SlideShare is the world’s largest community for sharing presentations. It is the best way to get your slides out there on the web, so your ideas can be found and shared by a wide audience.
  • Slides on Line – a digital library made for physicians worldwide to access slide presentation on most updated research and clinical disorders.

Two new Multimedia options discovered as part of Day 24’s post include:

  • VoiceThread – A VoiceThread is an online media album that can hold essentially any type of media (images, documents and videos) and allows people to make comments in 5 different ways – using voice (with a microphone or telephone), text, audio file, or video (with a webcam) – and share them with anyone they wish. They can even be exported to an Archival Movie for offline use on a DVD or video-enabled MP3 player. A VoiceThread allows group conversations to be collected and shared in one place, from anywhere in the world.
  • Scrapblog – Scrapblog enables everyday people to express themselves online in a creative way. This service allows for combining photos, videos, audio and text to create multimedia scrapbooks.

Another Multimedia option that I’ve seen used quite a bit.

  • One True Media – One True Media an easy-to-use online service that makes consumers both producer and director of their own video creations. We offer an innovative and painless way to transform video and photos into polished video montages that can be shared with friends and family.

A Look at Other Ways to Comment in a Blog

I took a look at the suggested resources for discovering different ways to comment in a blog.

  • Seesmic– allows you to create video comments that can be uploaded to blogs using WordPress. According to their wiki you can also
  • Record one or more Seesmic video’s to a post.
  • Accept authenticated or anonymous video comments.
  • Moderate video comments exactly like text comments.
  • Snapvine – Using the snapvine Voice Player, users are able to safely communicate, in their own voices, with their online community with snapvine’s easy-to-use products that work on any cell phone, with any carrier.

Thoughts on Multimedia Commenting

I filed these under the Reflections & Revelations for Day 26
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Once, Twice, Three Times Blog Skipping / Day 20 Following Links

Skipping StonesToday’s challenge is based an idea by Dave Ferguson “Three Links Out” or “Three Clicks Out.” This challenge is designed to help find and explore new blogs.

It’s a bit like skipping stones…one, two, three skips…but doing it by visiting different blogs. Finally at the third blog the task is to leave a message.

My Blog Skipping Adventure – Take 1

First skip: I started with my own Ruminations of an Online Instructor / MD Blog (since I am spending a lot of time on the site thanks to the challenge.)

Second skip: The Edublogger site run by Sue Waters and read the post on Are You Making Your Life Easier By Using A Personalized Start Page? and decided I needed to spend some more time reading this post that I’d missed.
Third skip: Visited n2teaching and left a comment on a post about Lives of Teachers: Public or Private?

I think the emergency of social networking has really changed how people interact online. Many have chosen to make things public, that perhaps should remain private.

The fact that future employers and colleges may search online for prospective employees and students can reveal all sorts of things that might not be desirable.

It will be interesting to see if people start changing what they are posting realizing that what gets posted on the Internet suddenly becomes a public and potentially permanent.

I really like the idea of a Google alert for one’s own name as a way of monitoring what is out there.

Thanks for giving me something to ruminate about for the Comment Challenge.

My Blog Skipping Adventure – Take 2

First skip: I starting at A GeekyMomma’s Blog with her post on What Posts Stimulate Readers To Comment?

Second skip: I jumped to a blog on the blog roll Blogging on the Bay, Creating a Path to Techno-Constructivist Learning in the Classroom. I noted the prominent disclaimer that I may end up including something similar on my own: The opinions expressed herein are my own and not necessarily those of my employer.

Third skip: I jumped to a link in the Blogroll for Diigo, another social newtorking tool that I hadn’t heard about. Instead of leaving a message, I decided to bookmark it for later review and did a quick review.

Diigo is an online community for learning people, where information, knowledge and community come together. The cool feature here is Diigo allows you to highlight portions of web pages that are of particular interest to you.

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What are Your Favorite Online Educational Resources? / Day 14 Ruminations becomes the Readers’ Blog

Hands Typing a ResponseThe Challenge for today, Day 14, is to turn the Ruminations Blog over to my readers, so I am opening the blog up to readers and fellow educators for comments on the following question:

What are your favorite online educational resources?

What I am looking for are the resources that you routinely share with colleagues that help make their teaching easier, using computers easier or more cheaply, like on an adjunct professors budget.

My Favorite Online Educational Resources

I created my own list of Online Educational Resources that I’ve posted on the site as a permanent page.

I am created a permanent page of my favorite Web 2.0 resources (which will be embellished based on answers to this question).

With a bit of luck, I might be able to compile a very useful list of online resources for other online educators.

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Web 1.0 vs. Web 2.0 / Day 13 Write a Post Using Comments

The challenge for today was to write a blog post using a comment that someone had left on the Ruminations blog.

Michele Martin left this comment on my Ruminations Blog Audit / Day 10: Audit Comments on Your Own Blog

I agree with Sue that it might be about not knowing that they can comment or how to comment. It may also be, as you point out, that they are coming primarily for one-way communication and information, which is fine. I think it becomes an issue if you WANT more comments and aren’t getting them–if you’re trying to create community through comments and it’s not happening. But some blogs aren’t about the comments, and that’s fine, too.

Michele’s comment helped me to think about the differences in the way that I have been used to creating webpages as a one-way communication method and how much this older style (Web 1.0) differs from the newer blogging and social networking style (Web 2.0).

Web 1.0 vs. Web 2.0

This comparison topic is one that emerged from several comments posted in the blog and my own search as a person very familiar with Web 1.0, to try and make sense of the new Web 2.0. Trying to figure out the differences between the two is something that I’ve been meaning to do for a while.

Web 2.0 Defined

The main definition for Web 2.0 comes from Tim O’Reilly (who coined the phrase)

Web 2.0 is the business revolution in the computer industry caused by the move to the Internet as the platform.

According to O’Reilly, the essence of Web 2.0 is building applications and services around the unique features of the Internet instead of building applications and expecting the Internet to suit as a platform.

Comparison in Images

Although a bit busy, these two images from JW Schmidt help to distinguish the differences between Web 1.0 and Web 2.0 visually. Seeing these two images really helped put things into perspective for me.

Web 1.0

Web 1.0

JW Schmidt. June 2007. Web 1.0 Elements. Wikiversity. GNU Free Documentation License.

Web 2.0

Web 2.0 Image

JW Schmidt. June 2007. Web 2.0 Elements. Wikiversity. GNU Free Documentation License.

O’Reilly’s Comparison

O’Reilly formulated their sense of Web 2.0 by creating a list of examples:

Web 1.0 Web 2.0
DoubleClick –> Google AdSense
Ofoto –> Flickr
Akamai –> BitTorrent –> Napster
Britannica Online –> Wikipedia
personal websites –> blogging
evite –> and EVDB
domain name speculation –> search engine optimization
page views –> cost per click
screen scraping –> web services
publishing –> participation
content management systems –> wikis
directories (taxonomy) –> tagging (‘folksonomy’)
stickiness –> syndication

More Comparisons Web 1.0 vs. Web 2.0

More comparisons between Web 1.0 and Web 2.0 have been drawn by many other bloggers. These are just some of the examples that were given.

To help me think about the differences I grouped the comparisons into three categories: using the web, computers and the web and e-Commerce.

Using the Web

  • Web 1.0 was about reading, Web 2.0 is about writing
  • Web 1.0 was about HTML, Web 2.0 is about XML
  • Web 1.0 was about home pages, Web 2.0 is about blogs
  • Web 1.0 was about lectures, Web 2.0 is about conversation
  • Web 1.0 was about web forms, Web 2.0 is about web applications
  • Web 1.0 was about owning, Web 2.0 is about sharing
  • Web 1.0 was about Netscape, Web 2.0 is about Google
  • Web 1.0 was about portals, Web 2.0 is about RSS
  • Web 1.0 was about taxonomy, Web 2.0 is about tags

Computers and the Web

  • Web 1.0 was about wires, Web 2.0 is about wireless
  • Web 1.0 was about dial-up, Web 2.0 is about broadband
  • Web 1.0 was about hardware costs, Web 2.0 is about bandwidth costs

eCommerce = Services, Companies and the Web

  • Web 1.0 was about services sold over the web, Web 2.0 is about web services
  • Web 1.0 was about client-server, Web 2.0 is about peer to peer
  • Web 1.0 was about advertising, Web 2.0 is about word of mouth
  • Web 1.0 was about companies, Web 2.0 is about communities
  • Web 1.0 was about IPOs, Web 2.0 is about trade sales

Sources Used:

O’Reilly T. September 30, 2005. What Is Web 2.0 Design Patterns and Business Models for the Next Generation of Software.

Joe Drumgoole. May 29th, 2006. Web 2.0 vs Web 1.0. Copacetic.

Darren Barefoot. May 29th, 2006. Web 1.0 vs. Web 2.0. Darren Barefoot.

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