Knickers Are Twisting Over Innovative Adjunct Telling Students They MUST Blog
I love it. Read this from the Adjunct Professor's Law Blog:
Adjunct Law Professor Requires Students To Participate On His Blog
Barry Law School Professor Marc John Randazza states on his class syllabus that is posted on his blog/web page:
Overall Participation will be 10 points (out of 100) for class participation and 10 points for blog participation. Exceptional participation in either department can make up for some a deficiency in the other. So, if you are a “quiet person,” you may want to hit the blog pretty effectively.
This raises some important issues. Is posting on a blog the same as class participation? Will students compete with each other for the most blog postings? Should we encourage this? Is the professor simply trying to increase his traffic? What if students do not have access to the internet?
Any comments or thoughts?
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Mitchell H. Rubinstein
I'm sorry. Mitchell Rubinstein, you may be a helluva a guy and a great adjunct but to question whether it is appropriate for an adjunct to introduce students to blogging by actually doing it, getting recognition for their efforts, teaching them something valuable in an unorthodox way doesn't come across right to this reader, at least. Students get a chance to author on a popular blog which has reach in the legal 'hiring' community, a blog which discusses first amendment issues with a recognized First Amendment lawyer sounds fabulous and innovative and down-right brilliant to me. Oh, and yeah, I read this on YOUR BLOG.
To suggest it is about driving traffic? That's petty. Then to ask, "what if students don't have access to the internet?" Show me one student who doesn't schlep their laptop to class I'M'ing instead of taking notes. And even if they don't have a computer or laptop, the school provides internet access. Why is anything innovative, creative, exciting, beneficial struck down by the dull. I apologize Mitchell if I've misinterpreted what you wrote, but those are the chances you take when you put fingers to keyboard and press 'publish.'