Dr. Sher Ratnabalasuriar shares her experiences using blogs in her online classes as a learning tool. She wanted an alternative to the traditional discussion boards that would encourage students to engage more, become more mindful about their writing, and to increase student engagement with course materials and with each other. Dr. Ratnabalasuriar has successfully used free blog services such as WordPress, Tumbler, and Blogger with her large and small classes.
About Tahnja Wilson
After years in the healthcare field, Tahnja earned her elementary education certificate and taught her own technology curriculum for K-8 students (game design, robotics, media, etc.). In 2009 she came to ASU, redesigning courses for the online environment. (She's also taught online for over 10 years.) Her instructional design interests include gaming, best practices, and student/instructor engagement. Tahnja holds a Master's in International Management from Thunderbird, a MBA and Elementary Education Certificate from ASU, and a BA in Journalism from the University of Washington.
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