This blog has been quiet for a few days as the semester closes with finals this week, and we see where we go from here as the class which provided the starting nucleus for us here ends. The blog will likely live on, and I’ll have more to say on that in a few days.
For the moment, as I wait here for the last of my Evolution class students to finish the final exam, it occurs to me that I should share some of the writing that has recently come out of that class. I experimented with an instructional blog for that class also this semester – but that was more a one-way blog, rather than participatory. But over the last couple of weeks, I offered students the opportunity (for minor extra credit) to contribute brief essays for the class blog. The guidelines were minimal – basically anything they have come across recently that has some bearing on evolutionary biology, and is something they want to share with others.
Their submissions are now all online, and I invite you to read them if you are looking for some interesting light reading, and a glimpse of what catches these undergrads’ attention. You may start with a summary/index I’ve just added to the blog listing list of all student posts.
Feel free to drop by – browse / read / leave feedback in the comments there for the students or myself. And let me know if you think this is a worthwhile activity for future classes!