As I probably last mentioned about a year and a half ago, I wrote a short article on using Tumblr for assignments in my ancient political theory course; it’s been published in Politics and is now available online. The piece is an explanation of the way I used Tumblr as a teaching tool, a look at the way blogging is being used in higher education more generally, and also some specific thoughts about why Tumblr works for a subject like political theory.
Here’s the abstract:
Blogging in the classroom is not a new idea, but my students have tended to view the blogging assignment negatively, as a homework assignment that simply needed to be done each week and then forgotten until the next time they were required to visit the blog. With that in mind, I decided to employ a very different method of educational blogging – using the Tumblr platform – in which each student would take ownership of his or her own blog and which would make the best possible use of social networking technology to boost interaction among the students and engagement with the course material.