OVERVIEW: The CCR Blog provides a space for asynchronous global exchange where students can engage in dialogue with one another regardless of restrictions of time zone or class schedules. Participants can use the blog in one of two ways:
- to facilitate a cross-cultural exchange with institutions that they cannot video conference with because of extreme differences in time zones (i.e. in place of a video conference)
- to complement video exchanges conducted during class time, building a sense of connection between different groups of students who will be working together in globally distributed teams (i.e. in conjunction with a video conference exchange)
ASSIGNMENTS: Since its inception in January 2007, the CCR blog has hosted many types of assignments. Our Blogging Homepage provides links to some of our most current discussion threads. Below are a sampling of assignment sheets designed to accomplish a variety of pedagogical goals:
BEST PRACTICES & HOW TO: Over time, CCR has developed a series of best practices designed to help contributors to the blog get the most out of their experience. All new participants are strongly encouraged to review the best practices and to print out, adapt, and distribute the Blogging Instructions to their students as needed.
REQUEST A CCR BLOG ACCOUNT: To request an individual or class account to our blog, contact the CCR Technology Specialist, Christine Alfano (firstname.lastname@example.org).