Blog Guidelines

Blog Guidelines

In this course you are required to write critical responses to readings and field activities on our course blog. Blog posts should be at least 100 words and submitted before our next class meeting. See the class schedule for specific instructions and due dates.

Please give each of your blog posts one or more tags (keywords). Do not assign Categories; use tags instead. Blogs don’t have to be written in a formal / academic style but must use proper spelling, grammar and punctuation.

How to Post on the Course Blog:

  1. Go to and log in. Go to My OpenLab > My Courses > LIB 2205 / Arch 2205: Learning Places
  2. Find “LIB 2205 / Arch 2205: Learning Places” at the top of the page and select “Dashboard” from the dropdown menu. Once you are in the Dashboard, click “Add New” under the “Posts” menu on the left navigation bar to create a new post
  3. Enter a title for your post and write your post.
  4. There are two ways to format posts: Visual or HTML. If you know HTML feel free to use it. Otherwise you may want to select Visual and use the buttons along the top of the field to add bold, italics, etc.
  5. Give your post one or more tags by entering them into the field under “Post Tags.”
  6. If you’d like to take a look at your post before publishing it on the course blog, click the “Preview” button on the upper right of the page.
  7. When you’re ready to publish your post, click the blue “Publish” button on the right side of the Add New Post page. Be sure to publish each post!
  8. To view the blog after publishing your post, click “Visit Site” under “LIB 1201 Research and Documentation for the Information Age” at the top of the page.


Blog posts are worth 10% of your total course grade; there are 10 posts in all for the semester. Each post is worth one point.


Points Rating Characteristics of the Blog Post
1 Excellent ·         The blog post is focused and relevant to the topic.·         Post provides examples and explanations or analysis, and reflects in-depth engagement with the topic.·         Sources are cited (if not from course readings).

·         Post is at least 100 words and has been given at least one tag.

·         Post is submitted by the beginning of class (on time).

0.5 Competent ·         The post is mostly description or summary, without consideration of alternative perspectives, and few connections are made between ideas.·         Post reflects passing engagement with the topic.·         Sources (if not from course readings) are not cited.

·         Post is at least 100 words, but has not been given any tags.

·         Post is submitted after the beginning of class, but less than 48 hours late.

0 Insufficient ·         The blog post consists of one or two disconnected sentences, or no post was written for the assignment.·         Post is less than 100 words and has not been given any tags.·         Post is more than two days late (48 hours after start of class for which it was assigned).


[1] Sample, M. (2009). Pedagogy and the Class Blog. Retrieved January 27, 2010, from SAMPLE REALITY Web site:; Schmitt, K.M., Behler, A., and E. Rimland. (2009). Blogging: Create an Online Community. In Library Instruction Cookbook, pp. 166-167. Chicago: ACRL.

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