Students are working on community service learning projects. I had them set up blogs to be used to describe their work, report their weekly progress and reflect on the project's contribution to the community. Because community service learning is being added to many college requirements, this is an opportunity for the students engaged in community service learning to share their experience.
Interesting feedback from students. Blogging isn't something that they would choose to do. Setting up a blog was easy enough. It might be good for submitting certain assignments. Perhaps the discussions through comments would be interesting. However, using a blog as a record of progress as a student, was not viewed as important. Certainly not something that be considered an ePortfolio.
Don't students have any interest in preserving or sharing their writing assignments beyond the class? Aren't they proud of the work they have done and want others to have the benefit of their research, their experiences and ideas on these topics? Are the assignments not interesting enough for students to want to have a record of their effort once the course is completed? Are the assignment writing prompts seen as addressing issues that have no relevance beyond the class?
This is pretty disheartening. What are students learning and why if it isn't relevant beyond the assignments and the class? Are students so focused on getting an "A" that there is no value to work or by-products that do not directly contribute to improving their GPA? How did that happen? Why are we wasting all this talent and effort if there is nothing useful to be gained from it that benefits either the student or society?