Response to the Watters and Rikard articles

Today for homework we were instructed to read two articles one the usage of Domains by colleges and how effective they really are for the students who use them. The first article I read was titled do “Do I Own My Domain If You Grade It?”by Andrew Rikard. This Article spoke about how schools like Davidson University and University of Mary and Washington use the domains in a classroom setting. However, what I found interesting about the article is that it questioned whether the domains were actually beneficial to the students using them. The professors and instructors using the domains in class were insisting that the domains were completely controlled by the students, but the question came up that are students truly able to post what they want on these domains? It was interesting to me because it truly made me think will I be able to freely express myself without fear of being told to delete a blog post or delete my blog page all together because what I’m saying is too controversial? Another main point of discussion that I found interesting was that Rikard alluded to the fact that because students were required to release these blogs to the public and they would be graded by professors, the work wouldn’t be as genuine as it would if someone was just blogging on their own. I feel that the fact that the posts are assessed and graded takes away from the purpose of having the blog, but at the same time I also believe that the grading of the blogs would be a helpful tool to the writers because they will have an idea of what they are doing good and what they need to work on as a writer. The second article “The Web We Need To Give Students” by Audrey Watters mirrored some of the same points Rikard made in his article. However, one thing that I found interesting from the article was the number of schools that have started using domains in class. According to Watters, “Oklahoma University, Emory University, Davidson University, and several high schools have picked up on the program’s relevance.” This shows that the program is not only effective, but is also growing popular among both high schools and colleges alike. Even though the program may have some flaws or question marks to it, I feel that it would probably be more beneficial to students rather than harmful.

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