Blog posts as part of assessment. Student encouraged to promote each others’ work and use a variety of like ‘badges’ to flag good work. Aim to find out if high quality work was likely to be promoted by other students. Blogs were shared before assignment deadlines and could be used by other students to improve their own submitted work. Students required to post about a series of set topics and also required to make a reflective post using a blog template as well as comment on at least 2 other student blogs.
3 questions – did students actually promote other students’ work? Yes. Did they act on the promotion of another student’s work? Was there any link between quality and the number of promotions a post received? Some promotion was self perpetuating, that is, a popular post received more views and generated further promotions.
Pilot study revealed that students actively promote posts as they read them, high quality material was largely promoted, students were seen to be generally reliable (some students are better promoters than others, some student do promote poor material, students became better as time went on). A suggestion that student promotions could be used as a highlighting mechanism in the blogosphere and as a means of making preliminary assessments for graders. We can filter content based on student promotions and be reasonably confident that there’s a link to high quality, but be aware of the ‘that’s my friend, so I’ll promote their work’ factor.