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Students in DePaul University’s Writing, Rhetoric, and Discourse 205: The History of Literacy write twice-weekly blog posts and comment on each other’s work. The blog serves our course as a space for students to work through interesting or complicated ideas in course readings and class discussion—and to make connections between course concepts and their own experiences.

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I try to offer explicit assessment criteria that set baselines for what each post should contain and, thus, overall, to have blogging reward effort and honest, informal reflection on course content.

In addition to their own blog posts, we use the course blog to post in-class group work, including summaries of course readings.

I also use the course blog to post the course readings, assignments, and syllabus.

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