Blogging through the “GEOG-ing” A Syllabus Transformation of GGY 3720: North America

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Dr.. Dennis J. Edgell, Associate Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Pembroke (UNCP )
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Abstract: It had been years since I taught the Geography of North America course. Usually only Geo-majors take the course as a requirement. I knew that the course would be low enrollment. Furthermore, I did not want to build another standard lecture course. (i.e. “Death by PowerPoint”). I thought that students would learn better by research and writing, rather than listening to lectures and taking tests. Each student created their own blog website. Students blogged anonymously, using a pen name known only to the other class members. They were to take on the persona of a professional writer. They were writing in the role of an expert or researcher -- not merely a student completing an assignment. My hypothesis was that if students answered geography questions about North America from the perspective of a writer/blogger, they might connect with the material in a more personal and a more lasting way. Each student also conducted a region-specific research project and wrote a Pembroke Undergraduate Research and Creativity (PURC) proposal for their topic. Through writing and research on a specialized regional area, the student would become the expert. Hopefully this first-hand, depth of knowledge will live on with them after the course is concluded.

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UNCP Research and Creativity Showcase
Language: English
Date: 2019
Geography, College Courses, Syllabi, Syllabus Construction
Learning and scholarship -- Outlines, syllabi, etc

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