We’re looking forward to interacting with you online. Meanwhile, here are the instructions we sent by email (without links for you to respond — those you will have to find in the email we sent). Once you are all subscribed, we will make this post private.
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:
- Teaching Writing
- Adjunct experience
- Classroom teaching
- Using technology in teaching
- Adjunct-student interactions
- Adjunct faculty – how to integrate into QC life
- Things I wish I knew before I started teaching
- Getting around QC
Set-Up. We have set up the 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/log-in-sign-up/).
Your identity should be your real name, not a pseudonym.
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: approve comments, respond to any questions or concerns, and delete any spam.
For each blog post, you will need to select at least one topical “category” (more on categories below); 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.
Please also create an “About” post briefly describing who you are, your connection to Queens College, and the theme of your blog. Please title this post with your full name and choose the category “about”.
Very important: after you have set up your QWriting account, sign up for categories you will write about and give us the email address you used on QWriting by filling out the Google spreadsheet whose link we sent you by email. We will then add you to the blog (you will receive a request at your Queens College email).
How Much to Write. In our call for participants, we indicated we were asking for a commitment of 10 blog posts, between January and December 2014. Because you are such a large group, we would like to suggest a small change to this commitment: we propose you both write and comment on what other bloggers are saying, so we would like to request that each of you commit to writing at least 6 blog posts and making at least 4 substantive comments, 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 are offering drop-in support sessions to help you set up your blogs. Instructional Technologist Rob Garfield and Technology Mentor Tamara Brown will be available to assist you and to answer any questions you may have. The sessions are arranged during the week of February 3. We sent you the sign-up link by email. Please let us know by Sunday, February 2, so we know the best time to offer these sessions.