When I set up blogs for class I tell students that there are five kinds of participation they can engage in:
- Offering an interpretation of something we've read;
- Asking a question about something we've read;
- Linking to, quoting from, and responding to online articles or essays about what we're reading;
- Providing contextual information — biographical, historical, whatever — about the authors we're reading and their cultural and intellectual worlds;
- Commenting on the posts of their fellow students.
One question I have is whether I should value some of these kinds of post more highly than others, and reward them accordingly. Any thoughts about that? Any other suggestions?