If you’ve been following this blog, you may have noticed that I haven’t written as much lately as I have in the past. This is both true and not true. I am still writing regularly (even more so than I have in a long time) just not always on this blog.
I am currently taking a Shakespeare class and the professor is also very much involved and excited about social media and collective learning online. In this class, instead of the traditional research paper due at the end of the semester, we are each writing Research Blogs: blogs that we post to at least twice a week, with some substantial and some not-so-substantial posts detailing our personal learning as we read and study the plays this semester.
This has been a lot of fun for me. I am a big fan of internet based tools, and collective knowledge. Together we can know more than we can know individually. And by having each student write their personal blog, there is less pressure to contribute, making the academic approach to Shakespeare easier.
In class, some people don’t like speaking up, they stay quiet and don’t contribute for a variety of reasons. In their blogs, they can write what they were thinking and share that with others. In class some may not get the chance to say anything, or to respond to a certain comment, due to time constraints or other students who dominate the conversation. In their blogs they can write whatever they want, referencing whatever they want as they explore the plays.
On my blog, which I call Open Source Education: Shakespeare, I have already been writing about Hamlet and Richard II, the two plays that I have read so far. It has been fun to study and analyze these plays. If you’re at all interested in Shakespeare or my thoughts about it, take a look!