But if you are in (and we hope you are!), you can get started right away, by setting up your account on QWriting and confirming your intent to participate (instructions follow).
Below are some procedural and support details, and we are happy to answer any questions you may have as you get set up. We look forward to interacting with you online.
Teaching Circle Blog
What to Write About. Your posts should focus on your experience at QC, as the majority of your readers will be faculty (adjuncts and full-timers) from the QC community. Here is a list of possible categories, based on what you wrote in your applications:
- Classroom teaching
- Using technology in teaching
- Instructor-student interactions
- How to integrate into QC life
- Things I wish I knew before I started teaching
- Getting around QC
We are also suggesting monthly themes at http://bit.ly/TC_monthlytheme. You do not have to follow these themes each month, but these suggestions might help you if you’re looking for ideas on what to write.
Set-Up. We have set up blog at http://teachingcircle.qwriting.qc.cuny.edu, which will display your posts together with those of the other contributors. (The blog resides on QWriting, which is a Queens College resource for blogging and website creation, using WordPress as the platform. The content resides on a Queens College server; users are supported by the Center for Teaching & Learning.) Here are some more details:
You will need to set up a user account on QWriting (http://qwriting.qc.cuny.edu/qwriting-blogs/). Click on the “Sign up” button. You do not need to create a new blog. You will be invited to the Teaching Circle blog as an author. If you have already had an account, you may skip this step.
Your identity should be your real name, not a pseudonym.
After you have set up your QWriting account, please give us your email address you used on QWriting by filling out this Google Spreadsheet http://bit.ly/TC_bloggerEmails. We will then add you to the blog (you will receive a request at your Queens College email).
Please first create an “About” post briefly describing who you are and your connection to Queens College. Please title this post with your full name and choose the category “about”.
All of your posts will be open to the public. Remember that you are responsible for what you write (see (2)).
Comments will need to be open to the public, so others can join the conversation; it will be up to you to moderate comments on your posts, and to respond to any questions or concerns.
For each blog post, you will need to select at least one topical “category”; you may blog about multiple topics within the same post.
We encourage you to also tag each post (write down the keywords for each post under “tags”), so we can display a tag cloud.
How Much to Write. In our call for participation, we indicated we were asking for a commitment of 8 blog posts (besides your “About” post) between March 2015 to February 2016. We also encourage you to comment on what other bloggers are saying, engaging your fellow bloggers in a discussion. We think you will find each other’s writing very engaging — we have seen what you are all proposing, and the topics have great breadth and depth. We suspect you will have a lot to say to each other.
Support. Some of you may not be familiar with WordPress, so we have posted help links in the footer area of the blog. Some YouTube video links are also available. If you still have questions, please email me (email@example.com). Instructional Technologist Rob Garfield (James.firstname.lastname@example.org) and Technology Mentor Tamara Brown (email@example.com) will also be available to assist you and to answer any questions you may have. If you need to schedule a one-on-one session, please let us know.
We hope you will enjoy this blogging experience and we will have a wonderful year!