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Published in Politics (2014); doi: 10.1111/1467-9256.12051


Copyright © 2014 Ari Kohen. Politics is copyright © 2014 by the Political Studies Association, and is published by John Wiley & Sons. Used by permission.


Blogging in the classroom is not a new idea, but my students have tended to view the blogging assignment negatively, as a homework assignment that simply needed to be done each week and then forgotten until the next time they were required to visit the blog. With that in mind, I decided to employ a very different method of educational blogging—using the Tumblr platform—in which each student would take ownership of his or her own blog and which would make the best possible use of social networking technology to boost interaction among the students and engagement with the course material.