The class blog is a space to be reflective, and to explore tentative thoughts about the significance and interpretative possibilities of different new media texts. The syllabus points out that your posts should “strive to be thoughtful and nuanced, offering questions and insights rather than descriptions or summaries.” To help you get a feel for what makes an excellent blog entry, consider this rubric, which I will use when reading and grading your posts.
Each post will be rated on a scale of 0-4, primarily on the basis of the kind of critical thinking and engagement you display in the post.
|4||Exceptional. The journal entry is focused and coherently integrates examples with explanations or analysis. The entry demonstrates awareness of its own limitations or implications, and it considers multiple perspectives when appropriate. The entry reflects in-depth engagement with the topic.|
|3||Satisfactory. The journal entry is reasonably focused, and explanations or analysis are mostly based on examples or other evidence. Fewer connections are made between ideas, and though new insights are offered, they are not fully developed. The entry reflects moderate engagement with the topic.|
|2||Underdeveloped. The journal entry is mostly description or summary, without consideration of alternative perspectives, and few connections are made between ideas. The entry reflects passing engagement with the topic.|
|1||Limited. The journal entry is unfocused, or simply rehashes previous comments, and displays no evidence of student engagement with the topic.|
|0||No Credit. The journal entry is missing or consists of one or two disconnected sentences.|
Remember that not only do you need to post at least ten entries to the collective class blog by the end of the semester, you must also meet the several “checkpoints” throughout the semester.