Alexander Knoth, Research Assistant, Sociology of Gender and E-Learning Coordinator, Economic and Social Science Faculty, University of Potsdam, Germany
Gabriel Flacks, Instructor and Coordinator, Humanities Department, Champlain College Saint-Lambert, Canada
Abstract: This mini-workshop introduces best practices for managing networked weblogs as teaching tools, including technical and didactical solutions for cross-campus, international teaching. It will be shown how newsactivist.com and other tools can enhance student’s participation and learning and will offer possibilities for collaborative teaching scenarios. Assigning short articles and interactive comments completed at newsactivist.com can, for example, engage students in authentic online writing encouraging academic and scientific discussions within a self-regulating, student-focused environment. The fostering of collaborative writing and informal, substantive learning are key methodological approaches to engage student’s cultural background and help them overcome latent hierarchies.