Saturday, January 5, 2008
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?
Please post once as typepad holds posts for approval.
Mitchell H. Rubinstein
UPDATE: Jan. 7, 2008
I neglected to post a link to Professor Randazza's blog so here it is http://randazza.wordpress.com/category/law-practice/
I have not been able to distinguish between the professors in class blog and his own blog, but I do take Professor Randazza at his word that he maintains a separate class blog.
The first commentator read the purpose of my posting totally wrong. I actually commend Prof. Randazza for using his blog for academic purposes. Simply because a Prof. raises a question, does not indicate that they disagree. After all, thats what we Profs do.
Last week, I went to several presentations at the AALS conference on the use of blogs by law professors. The academy is somewhat suspect about their use-I'm not. I just wish I had more time to prepare a blog like this professor does.