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Alison Holland is a senior lecturer in the Department of Modern Hisory, Politics and International Relations where she teaches Australian history, with a focus on Indigenous history.

Stepping into the Dark: Reflections on Using a Blog in Teaching

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In semester 1 this year I introduced a new piece of assessment into my 200-level Modern History unit – what I called a reading blog. It was weighted at 20% and students had to complete the blog every week, bar week 1. They were required to read two articles on a particular theme and then complete the blog. In the blog they were required to answer a question which I had set (sometimes they could choose between two questions) in no more than 200 words. In addition, they had to pose a question to their peers. My questions were generic and designed to enable the students to use both readings in their responses. This activity was in preparation for a weekly seminar.

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