As I wrote before, I held off organizing the blog around categories at first. I did this trying to keep an open mind to not restrict my blogging topics.
Reading back through my posts, I realize the “order by date posted” nature of the blog doesn’t do justice to the earlier posts. They become inaccessible and lost. Adding categories, and links to categories, is a great way to point people to relevant posts.
In creating the categories for this blog I tried to build on the idea that research can work to inform social issues. In this way I decided to build categories as questions, to which this research hopes to inform.
So here they are:
1) What is anthropology?
2) How is it changing? “New audiences, new participants, new ways of speaking”
- decolonizing anthropology
- technological opportunity
- economic/political circumstance
3) “Writes of Passage” – publishing stories in anthropology
4) Making research accessible
- Why do we need open access?
- Self-archiving: why and how?
5) How to do ethnography online
6) Emo rants – how can we forget this?
If I was going to incorporate blogging into the classroom, I would start the class off creating a few key questions that would be investigated over the term (and i’d work these out with the class). Once the questions were compiled and then refined I’d create a collaborative blog where every student has a login. Each week I’d have the students write something related to one of the categories (questions).
I’d then have them write assignments based on the topics raised on the blog. Reactions online would serve to motivate responses and interest… (working on idea that blogs serve as a great way to determine and engage community issues). These written assignments would work to bring more formal academic sources into the mix, and in the end the collaborative blog would serve as an interesting resource for those particular questions.
I’d also let students decide if they want posts to be shown anonymously, or let them be identified. Further the posts would have the benefit of some pre-publication review (by a benevolent dictator/teacher) to minimize the worry of unwillingly embarrassing/offending people.
[unfortunately as I go through the blog posts numerous topics come up that I can’t fit into these nice questions… so probably a few more to come]