Blogging 1: Your Toolbox
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Level: Undergraduate
Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students
Department: Humanities
Course Number: NHUM 2411
Course Format: Workshop
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
"Web logs, although they were possible in the 1990s, became a popular phenomenon in the 21st century. Anticipating the popularity of social media, they were initially personal, reflecting a long tradition of English-language “confessional” literature. Today, blogs serve every conceivable function, from keeping military families in touch during a deployment to serving as easy-to-build web pages, selling baby products, and providing a flexible space for serious news, political writing, art and scholarship. If you want to try blogging, now is your chance: no previous experience necessary. In five weeks, students learn to use a basic bloggers “toolbox”: choosing a web platform and design, establishing a theme and finding readers for your work, ethical approaches to writing in public, the basics of copyright and Creative Commons licensing and establishing a writing practice. Students may choose to make their blogs public, or they may have the option of closing them to the class and other selected viewers.
Course Open to: Degree Students