Scenario11. Setting student blogginggoals
About the assignment:
In a postgraduate Curatorial Practice course, students were asked to create professional practice blogs.While the students were free to choose their blogging subject, they were reminded that the overall aim of the blog was for them to build a professional online profile, including using their blog to start networkingprofessionally within the curatorial world.The tutors presented clear criteria for the assignment, including learning aims and outcomes and clearlyworded assessment criteria. In addition to the overall learning aims and outcomes, the tutors were keenfor the students to develop Web 2.0 literacy. Together, these various project aspects formed the tutors’teaching goals.While the tutors’ goals were clearly stated, some students were unsure of what their goals ought to be.Some merely wanted to pass the unit and had no interest in blogging after the assignment wascompleted. Others were unsure if their goal should be to present themselves professionally online, to gainemployment after graduation, to gain good work experience placements, to enhance their studies or touse their blog as a reflective journal. Without a clear focus, the students were uncertain about what toblog about.
•What instruction will be given around setting goals?•How would you address the issue of assisting students in setting short term and long termblogging goals?•Will you and/or your fellow tutors have time allocated for assisting students who are strugglingwith setting blogging goals? How will this be done (One-to-one tutorials? In-class discussion?Handouts?)•What guidance will you and/or your fellow tutors provide if you think a student has an unrealisticor unsustainable blogging goal?•How will you ensure that the students’ goals are their goals and not your goals?
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