Blog Instructions

How to upload your work to the class website:

  • Login at wordpress.com with your email address and the password chosen when you registered for the site.
  • Once logged in, go to “My Blogs” at the top of the page. Click on our course blog, Communication Analysis of Environment. Next, you’ll see the course website. Hover over the course title in the upper left-hand corner and then choose “Dashboard” from the dropdown menu. You’ll now be at the site’s Dashboard. On the left, click on the menu option “Posts” and then choose “Add New.” add-new-post
  • Add paragraph titles before each section (like “MisGuide to Concordia” or “Blog Post 1: About Me”) to make it easier to read online. Make these bold or change the format from “Paragraph” to “Heading 2” or “Heading 3.” (Note: to access the Heading 2 or 3 options, you may need to click on an icon in the WordPress toolbar above the text box that looks like this:

kitchen-sink-button

  • To add an image, click on the box “Add Media” (above the main box where you enter your text and format it).
    • Then choose “Upload Files” and choose the picture from your computer to upload. You can then pick a size for the image (ideal image size is an image that is no more than 700 pixels wide). Then click “Insert into Post”

insert-image

  • After you hit “Save Draft,” you can click on “Preview post” at the top of the page.
  •  Once you are finished, please be sure to click the checkbox for (eg. “Introductions”) for Categories (and be sure to uncheck “Uncategorized”).

journal-category

  • After completing all of these steps, you can hit “Publish” on the right side of the screen.

The following has been generously borrowed  from Professor Jason Farman.


 

Blog Posts

There are several required blog posts, one is your introduction, and the others are related to the assignments and your group presentation. The posts should make connections between course readings/theories and your own embodied observations/experiences of space. Your posts should be designed to provoke responses and discussion among your classmates.

If you follow the criteria below you will receive 100% on these. This also applies to your group presentation blog.

Blog posts will be evaluated on the following criteria

1. Substantive response to (most of) the blog post topic
Your post demonstrates that you have read carefully and have taken the time to (at least try to) learn the relevant concepts from the course, and to apply those concepts meaningfully to any examples discussed in your post.

2. Hyperlinks and multimedia examples
Your post makes use of hyperlinks where appropriate — this means providing links to the websites of any notable individuals or publications you mention (like authors from the course), and to any specific articles or webpages you reference. Everyone likes pictures – include them where appropriate, but make sure you link them back to their original source (or give the source credit in your post).

3. Proper attribution/trackbacks
Any time you reference the words or ideas of another individual, your post links back to where you found them. this means linking back to your classmates posts if you reference them, and it definitely means including links to any online material you discuss in your own posts. this helps people notice your writing, and builds you good will around the web.

4. Appropriate categories & tags 
Your post includes, at minimum, categories and tags for for the post number/subject. Include tags for theme: introduction, feminicide, canada, etc.

5. Adequate length
Your post is at least 300-600 words long (unless otherwise specified). Images and/or video are recommended.

6. Proofreading for grammar, spelling, formatting
Your post is proofread — this doesn’t mean you have to be as formal as you would be in an academic paper, but you should be consistent so that it is clear to your reader you didn’t just neglect to fix your mistakes.

7. Originality, creative flair, and unique insight
Have fun writing your posts and make them fun to read! original, creative, and unique posts will be the ones that your classmates will choose to respond to. It will make you feel good when they do!

Blog Responses

Blog responses also count for participation marks. For instance, you may want to pose a question back to the original poster, or provide a link to an outside source that you feel would be good to put in conversation with the original post. Extra credit may be awarded for particularly generative posts/responses.

The following has been generously borrowed and adapted from Professor Laura Portwood-Stacer.

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