I’ve been reading a number of reports from the recent ScienceOnline 09 science blogging conference in Raleigh, NC. The Southern Fried Scientist and Anne-Marie from pondering pikaia have some nice write-ups from the sessions they attended. What caught my attention most was a session titled Teaching College Science: Blogs and Beyond. I am teaching my department’s senior capstone biology seminar this semester for the first time, and am focusing on science writing as a central theme. I started this blog, my first, back in September and have become totally absorbed with the science blogging community. I also have a strong interest in playing with different teaching technologies. So for this capstone course I decided to merge the two. My students are starting their own science blogs in groups of three or four to develop skills in communicating science. I hope that this will also facilitate discussion of what a well-trained biologists should know – another central them of the course.
You can follow along with this experiment at our central course blog. My students will have their blogs up later this week, so check back to see our progress.