Last week when I posted on a course web page a detailed explanation of how I plan to evaluate student blogs, I coined a phrase and googled it. Nobody seems to have used it before.
Now, thanks to the reach of KairosNews and a few popular bloggers who read it, several other edu-bloggers are thinking about and reflecting on the taxonomy I whipped together. The word I coined was “xenoblogging,” which means the work you do to help other people’s weblogs (commenting, suggesting links, following up on their ideas, giving them credit, etc.).
My main goal was to find something other than “blog three times a week, for 500 words” (or some other, equally artificial formula).
See the original post in which I introduced the subject on KairosNews: Guidelines for Evaluating Classroom Blogs.