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Blog Portfolio

Our class doesn’t use a text book.  Whoopee – you don’t have to pay for a text!  Yes, that is a popular plus.  More importantly, it means that each member of the class will be responsible for building a collective resource for our learning community.  You will hunt down the most recent developments in Organizational Behaviour by finding journal articles and professional sources, review them, compare them to the established professional norms, and then publish your professional assessments.  You will then engage in a learning conversation with your classmates by reviewing their blog entries, the primary documents of which they write, and making comments.  Since you decide what articles to review, you decide what is most important for us to consider in class. Be prepared though, as this is an Advanced OB class we will expect you to be building upon sound OB principles, and I love to play the devil’s advocate!

What to Write and When:

The topics for your blog entries and discussions are outlined in the class schedule of the Course Presentation.  Each topic has a series of sub-topics.  First you need to choose the area you’d like to research and write about.  You’ll need to register your topic on the schedule so that we cover all important areas.  When you register you’ll see the due dates for the blog posts and the comments.

With the topic decided, you can begin to research your area of interest.  Once you begin hunting you’ll need to narrow down your ideas and find 3 or 4 relevant works on the same topic.  You can then begin to plan and to write to your post.  You will need to introduce your topic, report what you’ve learned, compare and contrast the various perspectives from your chosen expert authors, and draw your own conclusions.  Keep your post precise (500 – 750 words).  Remember, you are our resident expert on the topic that you’ve chosen and your writing should reflect this.

At the end of your post be sure to include references to your primary sources.  These should be listed according to APA format and include a link to the original source.

You’re done! Publish your work and then be sure to tweet the class so that we know where to find your brilliant ideas.

Join the Conversation:

With your perspectives published it’s time to see what your classmates have been up to.  Head to the Twitter class list or better yet, your WordPress Subscriptions, to find the blog posts of your classmates.  Review their ideas, check out the primary sources, and then start discussing.  Not sure what to say? Here are some tips to get you started. Be sure to follow the participation guidelines created by the class in the first week and also general good commenting protocols.

Grading:

Your blog portfolio is worth 30% of your final grade.  There are 6 blogging topics in the term, and each is worth 5% of your final mark.  Your blogging activity will be evaluated according to the rubric that was discussed in class.  Keep in mind that your blog entries and your participation through comments will be evaluated.

Getting Started:

You’ll find instructions on how to get started with your blog right on WordPress.  There are lots and lots of tips about blogging available to you.  You can check out some of the ones I’ve found by looking at My Delicious Blog Bookmarks.  You can also use Google to find a host of others that will be helpful to you.  When you find a good one, be sure to tweet it so that your classmates can take advantage of it too.

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