Getting connected

This summer I taught a course with a fellow faculty member at VCU that I had been developing over several years. It was a hybrid field based biology course with a online “lecture” component and a field based lab. We had been struggling for years to find a means to have the students create a field notebook that included digital pictures that they could upload from the field. By chance I dropped in on a discussion of wordpress on campus and an idea was borne. We gave each student a blog page that fed into a central class one and A Guide to the Plants of the James River was borne. It was a amazing experience for everyone and one I would like to take into some of the other courses I teach.

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